Georgetown in the Olympics: Hoyas who are more athletic than Vox could ever hope to be

Over the years, Georgetown has sent quite a few athletes to go for the gold and represent the good ol’ USA in the Olympics. Here’s a brief look at a few of these Hoyas.

Check out a more in-depth look at some Georgetown Olympians in this week’s feature in the Voice tomorrow.

Aimee Mullins (SFS ’98): Track and Field, 1996 Paralympics

An amazingly inspirational story, Mullins was the first double amputee to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field during her time at Georgetown, double majoring in history and diplomacy. She then went on to compete in the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, shocking the world with her record-breaking times.

Missy Schwen Ryan (COL ’94): Rowing, 1996 and 2000 Olympics

Ryan won a silver medal in rowing in the 1996 Olympics. After recovering from a kidney donation to her brother months after the ’96 games, Ryan came back to win a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics. In 2010 she was inducted into the rowing National Hall of Fame.

Kevin McMahon (COL ’94, GRAD ’97): Track and Field, 1996 and 2000 Olympics

A two-time Olympian of the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney games, McMahon still holds the Georgetown record for the hammer throw, a division of track and field. Just one of his many accolades, McMahon is one of the only athletes ever to medal in ten consecutive US National Track and Field Championships.

Conal Groom (COL ’95): Rowing, 2000 Olympics

This Georgetown alum placed eleventh in the 2000 Summer Olympics in the lightweight double division of rowing. He placed third back in the 1998 World Championships for men’s lightweight quad on a team that included his brother, Seam Groom.

Bryan Woodward (COL ’97): Track and Field, 2000 Olympics

After placing third in his Olympic trials, Woodward went on to compete in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Woodward ran on Georgetown’s 4×800 and sprint medley teams, earning himself the title of two-time Penn Relay champion in 1997.

Alonzo Mourning (COL ’92): Men’s basketball, 2000 Olympics

Mourning won the gold metal with the men’s basketball team at the 2000 Olympics. He played fifteen seasons in the NBA, and is the Miami Heat’s leader in offensive rebounds and blocked shots, leading to the retirement of his number, thirty-three, in 2009.

Allen Iverson: Men’s basketball, 2004 Olympics

A name often paired with Mourning’s due to their basketball legacies, Iverson played on the 2004 men’s basketball team at the Olympics in Athens. The team went on to win the bronze medal that year.

Jennifer Howitt (SFS ’05): Women’s basketball, 2004 Paralympics

Howitt competed on the 2004 gold medal-winning Paralympic women’s basketball team in Athens. Her Olympic opportunity has given her a chance to speak out for disability rights in an international setting.

Andrew Campbell (SFS ’06): Sailing, 2008 Olympics

Gracing’s list of the top ten sexiest 2008 Olympians is Georgetown alum Andrew Campbell, member of the USA Olympic sailing team. Although he placed twenty-fifth, he’ll always be number one in those 2008 pre-teens’ hearts.

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