Aug. 19, 2016 By Leigh Torbin
NOTRE DAME, Ind. ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” The 12-member Notre Dame Olympic contingent in Rio has harvested three medals thus far and remains in contention for two more heading into the weekend.
Yesterday | August 18
Notre Dame did not have any representatives competing yesterday.
Today | August 19
Melissa Tancredi has a shot at a bronze medal as her Team Canada side faces Brazil in the women’s soccer bronze medal match. The action starts at noon and will air on MSNBC.
Assistant coach Monty Williams and the American men’s basketball team takes its next step towards a gold medal when it faces Spain at 2:15 p.m. in the semifinals. NBCSN will broadcast the contest live.
Sunday | August 21
Monty Williams and Team USA will play for a medal on Sunday. If the U.S. beats Spain on Friday, it will play in the gold medal game at 2:45 p.m. If Spain should defeat the Americans on Friday, Williams and his team would play for the bronze medal at 10:30 a.m.
— Gold: Amanda Polk, a 2008 Notre Dame graduate and four-time All-American with the Fighting Irish, is now an Olympic Champion. Polk was a member of the United States Women’s Eight that powered to victory (6:01:49) in the Grand Finale at Lagao Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The U.S. Rowing Women’s Eight has now won 11 consecutive world titles – every world championship and Olympic title since 2006. Polk is the first Notre Dame rower to earn a gold medal at the Olympics.
— Bronze: Former University of Notre Dame fencer Mariel Zagunis earned an Olympic bronze medal as the United States women’s sabre team defeated Italy 45-30 on Aug. 13. Zagunis, who closed out the victory in the anchor position, outscored her Italian opponents 15-9 Saturday in helping to lead the U.S. to bronze for the second time in as many times as the weapon has been contested on the team level. Zagunis and Team USA also brought home the hardware at the 2008 Games in Beijing. It was the fourth career Olympic medal for Zagunis, who also collected individual gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Games and was the first American fencer to win a gold medal in Olympic competition.
— Bronze: University of Notre Dame graduate Gerek Meinhardt played the part of linchpin for the United States men’s foil team (Aug. 12), leading a 45-31 comeback victory against top-seeded Italy in the bronze-medal match to bring home the first medal for a U.S. men’s foil squad since the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. Meinhardt returned to the piste against Andrea Baldini in the fifth of the match’s nine rounds with the U.S. trailing 20-17. With a target of 25 points, Meinhardt ripped off eight straight touches to give his team a 25-20 lead it would never relinquish. He out-scored his opponents 12-1 in his final two bouts as the U.S. continued to expand its lead. The team victory gave Meinhardt, who plans to retire from fencing to focus on his career following the conclusion of the Rio games, his first medal in three Olympic appearances. At his first appearance in Beijing in 2008, he became the youngest U.S. Olympic fencer of all time at the age of 17.
– Amanda Polk (@arpolk) August 15, 2016
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Leigh Torbin, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2013. He serves as the football publicity team’s top lieutenant and coordinates all media efforts for Notre Dame’s lacrosse teams. A native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Torbin graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He has previously worked full-time on the athletic communications staffs at Vanderbilt, Florida, Connecticut and UCF.