If the University of Texas was a country, it would have finished just behind Cuba in total Olympic medals at the recently completed Olympic Games in London.
That’s right, former UT athletes accumulated an incredible total of 13 Olympic medals (including relays) out of the US total of 104. That medal haul by former Longhorns (including two relay runners) would have placed UT 18th among all countries in the final medal standings, right there with New Zealand, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
(A technicality: Relay medals only count in the medal standings as one medal, not four. But what the heck, we can still gloat.)
Gold medals were won by superstar Kevin Durant (basketball), Brendan Hansen and Ricky Berens (swimming relays), Bianca Knight (4 x 100-meter relay) and Sanya Richards-Ross who won her first individual Olympic gold medal in the 400 and anchored the 4 x 400-meter relay team.
Silver medalists in London went to the amazing Destinee Hooker (volleyball), Ricky Berens and Jimmy Feigen (swimming relays), Trey Hardee (decathlon) and our own Leo Manzano in the 1500 meters.
Troy Dumais (diving) and Brendan Hansen (100-meter breaststroke) won bronze medals.