Collegiate Footprint

Highlighting collegiate contributions to Team USA

Explore The History

The student-athlete experience has always played an invaluable role in an Olympian’s journey. Since the first modern Olympic Games, Olympic sports on campus and on the world’s stage have provided a unique opportunity for athletes to learn, grow and compete as they shape their goals and dreams, in both sport and life.

The USOPC defines student-athlete as any individual on Team USA who is or was a member of a collegiate roster – varsity, club or other – and/or who competed in outside competition for a college or university. Student-athletes impacted by transfer circumstances are credited for attending each institution.

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82% Nearly 82 percent of
American medalists at the 2020 Games
in Tokyo had ties to collegiate programs
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75% More than 75 percent of Team
USA athletes in Tokyo competed
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170 More than 170 U.S.
colleges / universities were
represented on Team USA in Tokyo
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50% Half of U.S. medalists in
Pyeongchang were
collegiate athletes

U.S. Olympic Team Historic Database

Please use the below interactive database to search the all-time list of U.S. Olympians and filter to identify Olympians who attended and/or competed in college. The collegiate ties noted within the database were validated by at least two sources, and we are continuing to verify our data. We welcome information on collegiate ties that is missing or needs updating - please email

^Indicates collegiate data was confirmed by less than two sources. *Indicates athlete was named to the 1980 Olympic Team; please note the U.S. did not go on to compete in the 1980 Games.

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