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Road to Rio by Villanova Athletics Department

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 1, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Villanova has had at least one athlete participate in every Summer Olympics since 1948 and this year is no exception. Sam McEntee, CLAS ’15, and Patrick Tiernan, a senior, are both on the Australian Olympic Team.

The Villanova Athletics Department has been Tweeting  “Road to Rio” featuring Villanova Olympians; there are over sixty! Villanova’s first Olympian was John F. O’Connell in 1908; he was followed by five Track and Field athletes in 1948. The Athletics Department features a different athlete each day until the Olympics begin on August 5.

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Some interesting facts about Villanova’s Olympians from Mark Jackson, Director of Athletics: Villanova Olympians have represented fifteen countries over the years, Villanovans have wone nine gold medals and five silver medals, and Villanovans have competed in nine differeent sports. ‘Way to go ‘Nova Olympians!

List of Villanova Summer Olympians


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