Aug. 19, 2016 As the Games of the XXXI Olympiad start to wind down, one former University of Notre Dame student-athlete earned a medal while another hopes to lead his team to a gold medal on Sunday.
Melissa Tancredi led the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team to a bronze medal following a 2-1 victory over the host country, Brazil. It is the third consecutive bronze medal Olympics for the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team.
Monty Williams, an assistant on the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team, helped the favorites of the tournament advance to the gold medal match on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 2:45 p.m. against the winner of the Australia – Serbia semifinal match.
TODAY | AUG. 19 –
Melissa Tancredi earns a bronze medal with the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team (2-1 victory over Brazil).
Monty Williams helps U.S. Men’s Basketball Team defeat Spain 82-76 to advance to the gold medal game on Sunday, Aug. 21.
SATURDAY | AUG. 20 –
No former Notre Dame student-athletes in action.
SUNDAY | AUG. 21 –
Monty Williams – U.S. Men’s Basketball vs. Australia OR Serbia, 2:45 p.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: Melissa Tancredi became a two-time Olympic medalist Friday as she helped lead Canada to bronze in a 2-1 victory over Brazil for Canada’s second straight third-place Olympics finish. Canada, which entered the Rio Olympiad as one of the favorites to medal, posted a 5-1 record during the tournament, only falling to Germany in the Olympic semifinal. Canada was otherwise dominant, outscoring opponents 9-5 en route to the country’s second ever medal finish.
— 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.
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Alan Wasielewski is an Associate Athletics Communication Director at the University of Notre Dame. He works primarily with the men’s basketball and rowing team. A 2000 graduate of the University, Wasielewski is entering his 16th year at Notre Dame, working in both the multimedia productions and athletics communications offices in his time on campus.