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Bulldogs Cleaned Up at the 2016 Summer Olympics


Photo Credit: screencap via NBC

Shaunae Miller dives over the finish line.

Between swimmer Gunnar Bentz’s involvement in LochteGate, sprinter Shaunae Miller’s famous dive and UGA athletes winning more medals than most countries, it was a memorable Olympics for the Bulldawg Nation.

Current and former University of Georgia athletes brought home 10 medals: five gold, three silver and two bronze, contributing six to the U.S.’s world-leading overall medal count of 121, two for Canada and one for the Bahamas.

Competing for the U.S. on the men’s team, Bentz won gold in the 4×200-meter relay, and Chase Kalisz won silver in the 400-meter individual medley.

The U.S.’s lady athletes cleaned up pretty well at Rio, and that’s reflected in the medals won by current or former lady Bulldogs.

On the women’s swim team, Melanie Margalis and Allison Schmitt won gold in the 4×200 freestyle relay; Schmitt and Amanda Weir won silver in the 4×100 freestyle relay; and Olivia Smoliga won gold in the 4×100 medley relay.

UGA athletes representing Canada at the games placed well, too, with Brittany MacLean winning bronze in the 4×200 freestyle relay, and Chantal Van Landeghem winning bronze in the 4×100 freestyle relay.

While the majority of medals won were by Georgia swimmers, Miller, a Bulldog representing the Bahamas, brought home gold in the women’s 400-meter dash.