1896games

Opening ceremonies of the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Winter to summer, athletes to coaches, students to parents, Colby has Olympic connections. Here are a dozen in five categories. Who’d we miss? (Let us know in comments.)

Courtney Kennedy ’01
Women’s Ice Hockey
Salt Lake City, 2002 (Silver Medal)
Turin, 2006 (Bronze Medal)

Marc Gilbertson '81

Marc Gilbertson ’91

Marc Gilbertson ’91
Nordic Skiing, 30K race
Nagano, 1998

Elbridge Ross ’35
Men’s Ice Hockey
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 1936 (Bronze Medal)

Hilary Gehman '93

Hilary Gehman ’93, christening the Colby scull named in her honor.

Hilary Gehman ’93
Women’s Rowing
Sydney, 2000
Athens, 2004

Sebsibe Mamo ’70
Men’s Track (Ethiopia), 800M and 1,500M
Tokyo, 1964
Mexico City, 1968

Michael J. Ryan, Colby Track Coach (1919-1934)
Marathon
London, 1908
Stockholm, 1912

USA hockey women's camp Aug 2010 Lake Placid. photo © Nancie Battaglia

Reagan Carey ’01, general manager, USA Women’s Hockey.

Reagan Carey ’01
USA Women’s Ice Hockey General Manager
Sochi, 2014

Carl Nelson, Colby Director of Health Services, Emeritus
USA Winter Olympics Team Trainer
Nagano, 1972
Innsbruck, 1976

Michael J. Ryan, Colby Track Coach (1919-1934)
USA Track Coach
Antwerp, 1920
Paris, 1924
Amsterdam, 1928

Seth Wescott (photo by http://www.vancityallie.com/)

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott.

Seth Wescott
Snowboard Cross
Torino, 2006 (Gold Medal)
Vancouver, 2010 (Gold Medal)
Sochi, 2014
Colby Connection: Father, Jim Wescott, Colby’s track coach from 1978 to 2003.

Lindsey Vonn
Alpine Skiing
Vancouver, 2010 (Gold Medal, Downhill; Bronze Medal, Super-G)
Sochi, 2014 (Made team but withdrew due to injury)
Colby Connection: Mother, Linda Krohn ’74

David Hemery
Men’s Track (Great Britain), 800M Hurdles
Mexico City, 1968 (Gold Medal)
Colby Connection: Sister, Anthea (Hemery) Bruffee ’71

The first medal awarded in the modern Olympic Games

The first medal awarded in the modern Olympic games.

James R. Connolly H’50
Men’s Track and Field
Athens, 1896

Special Collections holds James Connolly’s hop, skip, and jump (triple jump) silver medal from the 1896 Summer Olympics in Greece–the first medal awarded at the modern Olympic Games. Connolly (then a Harvard student who would become “America’s best writer of sea stories,” according to Joseph Conrad) placed first in the triple jump, second in the high jump, and third in the long jump. Winners received silver medals and runners-up got bronze. The medal was given to Colby as part of a collection of books and personal items by Connolly’s daughter, Brenda.