Mountaineers in the Olympics

Western's Olympic heritage includes sending 24 athletes and 3 coaches to the games.

Ken Phelps - 1968 Olympian from Western
Western has a proud tradition of sending both athletes and coaches to the Olympic Games.  In the past century, 24 Mountaineers or former Mountaineers competed in the Olympics, and three Western graduates went on to coach Olympic teams for the United States.

1952 Olympics

Crosby Perry Smith
Steve Reischl

1960 Olympics

Dave Gorsuch
John Burrit
Dick Mize
Lyn Levy
Mac Miller
Steve Reischl
Linda Meyers
Jim Mahaffey
Sven Wiik - Coach

 

Ken Phelps, Western Olympian (1960)

1964 Olympics

Loris Werner
Ed (Tiger) Demers
Adolph Kuss - Coach

Western Olympian Josh Thompson
1968 Olympics

Loris Werner
Ken Phelps

1972 Olympics

Alison Owen-Spencer
Adolph Kuss - Coach

1980 Olympics

Kerry Lynch
Gary Crawford
Alison Owen-Spencer

1984 Olympics

Kerry Lynch
Josh Thompson

 

 

 

Josh Thompson, 1984 Olympian from Western

 

Gary Crawford and Kerry Lynch, 1980 Olympians from Western

1988 Olympics

Gary Crawford
Josh Thompson
Wendy Wagner
Beth Coats

1996 Olympics

Bobby Gaseitsiwe

2000 Olympics

Elva Dryer
Michael Aish

2004 Olympics

Elva Dryer
Michael Aish

2006 Olympics

Marco Schafferer - Transferred to Westminster College

2014 Olympics

Brian Gregg - Transferred to University of Alaska

 


Gary Crawford and Kerry Lynch,
Teammates in the 1984 Olympics
 

Sasha Rearick, Coach 2014 Olympics Mens Alpine Ski Team
2014 Olympics

Sasha Rearick - Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sasha Rearick - Coach 2014 Mens Alpine Ski Team

Photo Gallery of Western Olympians

Dave Gorsuch, 1960 Olympics

Dave Gorsuch, 1960 Olympics

Crosby Perry Smith, 1952 Olympian

Crosby Perry Smith, 1952 Olympian

Ed (Tiger) Demers, 1964 Olympian

Ed (Tiger) Demers, 1964 Olympian

Lyn Levy, 1960 Olympian

Lyn Levy, 1960 Olympian

Werner Lois, 1964 Olympian

Lois Werner, 1964 Olympian

Dick Mize, 1960 Olympian

Dick Mize, 1960 Olympian

Elva Dryer, 2000 Olympian

Elva Dryer, 2000 Olympian

John Burrit, 1960 Olympian

John Burrit, 1960 Olympian

Sven Wiik, Coach for multiple Olympic teams and games

Sven Wiik, Coach for multiple teams in multiple Olympic games

Adolph Kuss, Olympic Ski Team Coach

Adolph Kuss, Olympic Ski Team Coach

1988 Olympian Josh Thompson (bottom left) with the rest of his teammates at Western

1988 Olympian Josh Thompson (bottom left)  with the rest of his teammates at Western

 

As we gather more proud moments and photos from Western's Olympic heritage, we will share more here: www.western.edu/olympians

Date: 
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 5:15pm