The Big 12 Conference's 89 participants in the 2012 Summer Olympics produced 26 total medals, including 13 gold. Here's a recap of how athletes with ties to the Big 12 shined in London.
Texas produced 13 medals total, including six gold and five silver.
Ricky Berens, the 2007 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and 2008 Big 12 Swimmer of the Year, collected multiple medals as Berens swam on the USA's gold relay team that captured the 4x200m freestyle. Berens also earned a silver medal for his participation in the qualifying heats for the 4x100m freestyle.
Brendan Hansen, a 14-time NCAA champion, captured gold as part of the men's 4x100m medley relay. Hansen also won gold medals in the event at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He earned a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke in London as well.
Durant became the third player in Texas basketball history to capture a gold medal, and first since 1960, when the former Longhorn posted a game-high 30 points and nine rebounds in Team USA's 107-100 victory over Spain in the gold medal game. During the eight games of the Olympics, Durant led Team USA in scoring (19.5 ppg) and ranked second in rebounding (5.8 rpg) while averaging 26.0 minutes.
On the track, Bianca Knight was part of the 4x100m relay team that shattered the 27-year-old world mark in the event. Knight and Co. ran a world record 40.82. Sanya Richards-Ross grabbed multiple gold medals with wins in the 400m and 4x400m.
UT also picked up silver medals in the men's decathlon (Trey Hardee), men's 1500m (Leo Manzano) and women's indoor volleyball (Destinee Hooker).
Back in the Big 12 for 2012-13
Kansas State's Erik Kynard (silver, high jump) and Kansas' Diamond Dixon (gold, qualifying heat, 4x400m relay) are two medalists who will be returning to Big 12 competition for the upcoming season.
Dixon was not on the winning women's 4x400 team, but ran in the qualifying rounds to earn a gold medal as part of Team USA's win.
Kynard, a four-time Big 12 high jump champion, took silver in London with a jump of 2.33m (7 feet 7.75 inches). Kynard became the first current or former Wildcat to medal since 2002 graduate Austra Skujyte won silver in the heptathlon in Athens in 2004. More impressively, the senior-to-be is the first Wildcat with remaining eligibility to medal since Thane Baker won silver in the 200 meters in 1952.
Kynard was not the only high jumper with K-State connections competing from Olympic Stadium. Jesse Williams, the 2011 IAAF World Champion, and 2004 Olympian Jamie Nieto were also in the field. The two professional jumpers both train with Wildcat head coach Cliff Rovelto, making K-State's coach the only coach to serve as personal coach for all three Team USA members in any respective track and field event at the Olympics.
Medals on the Mat
Former Iowa State two-time NCAA champion Jake Varner captured the Olympic gold medal in men's freestyle wrestling at 96 kg/211 lbs.
Varner is the sixth Iowa State wrestler to earn Olympic gold. He joins Glen Brand (1948), Dan Gable (1972), Ben Peterson (1972), current Cyclone head coach Kevin Jackson (1992) and former head coach Cael Sanderson (2004) as Iowa Staters who stood on top of the Olympic platform.
Jordan Burroughs, three-time Big 12 champion while at Nebraska, clinched gold in the 74 kilograms (163 pounds).
Okjlahoma State's Coleman Scott took bronze in the 60 kg freestyle. Scott's 2012 Olympic medal became the 30th for Oklahoma State and 16th for the Cowboy wrestling program.
Texas Tech track and field products collected three medals in London during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Former Lady Raider Shereefa Lloyd's Jamaican 4x400 relay team won bronze. While Lloyd did not compete as a member of the team in the finals, she helped the Jamaicans qualify by running the second leg and finishing fourth overall in the preliminaries.
Michael Mathieu earned the second medal of his Olympic career after winning gold as a member of the Bahamian 4x400 relay team. The Bahamas outlasted the USA in the finals of the 4x400 relay Friday to win the gold and hand the U.S. their first loss in the event since 1972.
In her Olympic debut former Tech great Sally Kipyego won silver in the 10,000-meter run before nearly winning a second medal in the 5,000-meter run on Friday. She finished fourth in the 5,000-meter race by just more than half a second.
Texas Tech track and field products have now won a total of six medals at the Olympic games since 2008.
BIG 12 MEDAL BREAKDOWN (25)
(Includes all athletes who competed collegiately in the Big 12)
|Jake Varner, ISU/USA||WREST||96kg freestyle||W, 3-0|
|Diamond Dixon, KU/USA||ATH||4x400m relay||3:22.09*|
|Jordan Burroughs, NU/USA||WREST||74kg freestyle||W, 3-0|
|Ricky Berens, UT/USA||SWIM||4x200m freestyle||6:59.70|
|Kevin Durant, UT/USA||MBKB||USA 107, Spain 100|
|Brendan Hansen, UT/USA||SWIM||4x100m medley relay||3:29.35|
|Bianca Knight, UT/USA||ATH||4x100m relay||40.82|
|Sanya Richards-Ross, UT/USA||ATH||400m||49.55|
|Sanya Richards-Ross, UT/USA||ATH||4x400m relay||3:16.87|
|Demetrius Pinder, TAMU/Bahamas||ATH||4x400m relay||2:56.72|
|Breeja Larson, TAMU/USA||SWIM||4x100m medley relay||3:58.88*|
|Jeneba Tarmoh, TAMU/USA||ATH||4x100m relay||41.64*|
|Michael Mathieu, TTU/Bahamas||ATH||4x400m relay||2:56.72|
|Erik Kynard, K-State/USA||ATH||High Jump||2.33m|
|Jordan Larson, NU/USA||VB||L, 1-3 vs. Brazil|
|Ricky Berens, UT/USA||SWIM||4x100m freestyle relay||3:12.59*|
|Jimmy Feigen, UT/USA||SWIM||4x100m freestyle relay||3:12.59*|
|Trey Hardee, UT/USA||ATH||Decathlon||8,671 points|
|Destinee Hooker, UT/USA||VB||L, 1-3 vs. Brazil|
|Leo Manzano, UT/USA||ATH||1,500m||3:34.79|
|Sally Kipyego, TTU/Kenya||ATH||10,000m||30:26.37|
|Troy Dumais, UT/USA||DIVE||3m sync springboard||446.70|
|Brendan Hansen, UT/USA||SWIM||100m breaststroke||59.49|
|Deon Lendore, TAMU/Trinidad & Tobago||ATH||4x400m||2:59.40|
|Shereefa Lloyd, TTU/Jamaica||ATH||4x400m||3:25.13*|
|Coleman Scott, OSU/USA||WREST||60kg freestyle||W, 3-0|
*Qualifying heat time. Athlete did not compete in medal final, but earned medal as a result of their participation in qualifying.