Athletes Make KU History
The four current and former KU athletes who competed in the Olympics this year had mixed success, but represented their countries and KU in great fashion. The standout for KU was Diamond Dixon (left), a member of the USA’s 4 x 400 meters women’s relay team. The team brought home the gold, even though Diamond did not compete during the finals. She had an outstanding run in the semi-finals and is the first female track and field medalist from KU and the first gold medal winner since Al Oerter won in the Discus in 1968.
Kansas soccer players Liana Salazar and Ingrid Vidal competed for Colombia, but did not make it to the quarter-finals. Former KU men’s basketball player Sasha Kaun won a bronze medal as Russia defeated Argentina 81-77.