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Making an IU Olympian

Lilly King, wearing an Olympic gold medal around her neck, smiles. She stands in front of a blurred background of banners touting the many accomplishments of IU Swimming and Diving over the years.
IU student and swimmer Lilly King won two gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, in the 100 meter breaststroke and women's 4×100m medley relay.

Hit the pool with IU Swimming and Diving standouts Lilly King and Michael Hixon as they show us the science, support, and spirit it takes to win big at the Olympics. (All we have to say is: Look out, Tokyo 2020!)

It would be quite the understatement to say Indiana University had a strong showing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. If IU were an independent nation, we would have finished tied for 15th in total gold medals in Rio, and would rank 25th all-time in gold medals. Our 23 alumni and student-athlete Olympians dominated on land, in the water, and in the air, bringing home 11 medals across events in swimming, diving, tennis, and the high jump, making the summer games in Rio one for the record books.

Derek Drouin, Team Canada
Gold | Men’s High Jump

Kennedy Goss, Team Canada
Bronze | 4×200 Freestyle Relay

Michael Hixon, Team USA
Silver | 3 Meter Synchronized Dive

Lilly King, Team USA
Gold | 100 Meter Breaststroke
Gold | 4×100 Medley Relay

Cody Miller, Team USA
Gold | 4×100 Medley Relay
Bronze | 100 Meter Breaststroke

Blake Pieroni, Team USA
Gold | 4×100 Freestyle Relay

Monica Puig, Team Puerto Rico
Gold | Women’s Singles Tennis

Rajeev Ram and Venus Williams, Team USA
Silver | Mixed Doubles Tennis

The video was originally published for IU Day 2017. The corresponding article was originally published in the fall 2016 issue of Imagine magazine.


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