Brown Olympians
The Ivy League's Complete History of the Olympic Games

Columbia University
Location: New York, N.Y.
Nickname: Lions

Lou Gehrig, once a Columbia Lion, was also once baseball's iron man, having played in 2,130 consecutive games. A fellow Lion, Norman Armitage '30, must be fencing's iron man. Armitage, whose weapon of choice was sabre, competed in six Olympic Games from 1928-1936 and 1948-1956, only taking a break for World War II.

He won his only medal at the 1948 London Games, leading the United States to a third-place finish in the team sabre event. He was also awarded the 'Friendship Trophy' as the outstanding American fencer. At the 1952 Helsinki Games, Armitage was the United States' lone flag-bearer at the opening ceremonies. That year, he brought the sabre team to a fourth-place finish.

Including Armitage, sixteen fencers from Morningside Heights have jousted their way to the Olympic games. Charles Fitzhugh Townsend '04 was the first, winning a silver medal for the United States in the team foil competition at the 1904 St. Louis games. On this list are three female fencers, the latest being Sydney-participant Erinn Smart '02 (foil), who has trained with six-time Olympian Peter Westbrook.

Five of Columbia athletes' seven medals have come from non-fencers. One of them was Francis Hussey '31. Hussey has the distinction of winning the medal before he matriculated at Columbia, as he was a student at Stuyvesant High School in New York City at the time of the 1924 Paris games. He was a member of the United States' 4x100-meter relay team that posted a 41.0 mark. Hussey may be best remembered, however, for beating 100-meter gold medallist Harold Abrahams of Great Britain in the first leg of that race.

A more recent medal winner was Cristina Teuscher '00. A swimmer, Teuscher won a gold medal in Atlanta at the 1996 games as a part of the United States' 800-meter freestyle relay team. Four years later, she won the bronze in the 200-meter individual medley at the Sydney games. During college, she was also the recipient of the Honda Broderick Cup, recognizing the best female collegiate athlete in the United States.


Name Sport Venue
Alfred Skrobisch Men's Fencing 1940 Tokyo Summer Games
Alfred Skrobisch Men's Fencing 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
Anne Marsh Women's Fencing 1992 Barcelona Summer Games
Anne Marsh Women's Fencing 1996 Atlanta Summer Games
Anne Marsh Women's Fencing 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Bob Cottingham Men's Fencing 1988 Seoul Summer Games
Bob Cottingham Men's Fencing 1992 Barcelona Summer Games
Charles Fitzhugh Townsend Men's Fencing 1904 St. Louis Summer Games
Cristina Teuscher Women's Swimming 1996 Atlanta Summer Games
Cristina Teuscher Women's Swimming 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Dan Kellner Men's Fencing 2004 Athens Summer Games
Emily Jacobsen Women's Fencing 2004 Athens Summer Games
Erinn Smart Women's Fencing 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Erinn Smart Women's Fencing 2004 Athens Summer Games
Francis Hussey Men's Athletics 1924 Paris Summer Games
George Shaw Men's Athletics 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
George Shaw Men's Athletics 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
Harold F. Bloomer Men's Fencing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Harry Babcock Men's Athletics 1912 Stockholm Summer Games
Hugh Alessandroni Men's Fencing 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games
Hugh Alessandroni Men's Fencing 1936 Berlin Summer Games
James Margolis Men's Fencing 1960 Rome Summer Games
Jamie Melcher Men's Fencing 1972 Munich Summer Games
Jed Dupree Men's Fencing 2004 Athens Summer Games
Jon Normile Men's Fencing 1992 Barcelona Summer Games
Katy Bilodeux Women's Fencing 1988 Seoul Summer Games
Katy Bilodeux Women's Fencing 1992 Barcelona Summer Games
Matt Napoleon Men's Soccer 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Maxwell Long Men's Athletics 1900 Paris Summer Games
Millard J. Bloomer Men's Fencing 1920 Antwerp Summer Games
Milos Tomic Men's Rowing 2004 Athens Summer Games
Norman Armitage Men's Fencing 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games
Norman Armitage Men's Fencing 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games
Norman Armitage Men's Fencing 1936 Berlin Summer Games
Norman Armitage Men's Fencing 1940 Tokyo Summer Games
Norman Armitage Men's Fencing 1948 London Summer Games
Norman Armitage Men's Fencing 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
Norman Armitage Men's Fencing 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
Stacey Borgman Women's Rowing 2004 Athens Summer Games
Steddiford Pitt Men's Fencing 1920 Antwerp Summer Games
Steve Trevor Men's Fencing 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games
Steve Trevor Men's Fencing 1988 Seoul Summer Games
Thomas P. Curtis Men's Athletics 1896 Athens Summer Games
Tom Auth Men's Rowing 1996 Atlanta Summer Games
Tom Auth Men's Rowing 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Tom Losonczy Men's Fencing 1976 Montreal Summer Games
Tom Losonczy Men's Fencing 1980 Moscow Summer Games
Veljko Urosevic Men's Rowing 2004 Athens Summer Games

 

 

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