Eleven Mount St. Mary's athletes have represented their nations and the University at four Olympic summer games. In Atlanta in 1996, sprinter Cliff Wong became the 11th Mountaineer to represent his nation in the quadrennial spectacle.

At the forefront of these Mount Olympic moments, of course, was the gold medal-winning 1500-meter performance by then-sophomore Peter Rono at the Games in Seoul, Korea. The youngest runner in the 12-man field at 21 years of age, Rono captured the gold for Kenya. Mount and Kenya teammate Kip Cheruiyot was also in the same race, but the less-heralded Rono took the gold in 3:35.96 ahead of the likes of Peter Elliott and Steve Cram of Great Britain, Steve Scott of the United States, and Marcus O'Sullivan of Ireland. Kip Cheruiyot placed seventh in 3:37.94.

Other Mountaineers present in Seoul were: Kip's twin, Charles; decathletes Carlos O'Connell (Ireland) and Georg Werthner (Austria); coach Ahmed Mahour Bacha (Algeria); coach Jim Deegan and NBC television analyst Dr. Frank Zarnowski, a Mount professor.

The Cheruiyots had represented Kenya earlier in the 1984 Los Angeles Games, along with four other Mountaineers. Decathletes William Motti (France) and Trond Skramstad (Norway) joined a pair of 400-meter runners, Dave Lishebo (Zambia) and Fred Owusu (Ghana) to form the Mount contingent in L.A.

In Barcelona in 1992, French decathlete Bill Motti was the Mount's Olympic presence. In 1996 in Atlanta, Wong marched in the opening ceremonies with his Guyanese teammates, but was not selected for the first-round lineup in the 4x400m before his team was disqualified.

1984 Los Angeles, California
Charles Cheruiyot, 5000 meters, Kenya
Kip Cheruiyot, 1500 meters, Kenya
Dave Lishebo, 400 meters, Zambia
Bill Motti, Decathlon, France
Fred Owusu, 400 meters, Ghana
Trond Skramstad, Decathlon, Norway

1988 Seoul, Korea
Charles Cheruiyot, 5000 meters, Kenya
Kip Cheruiyot, 1500 meters, Kenya
Carlos O'Connell, Decathlon, Ireland
*Peter Rono, 1500 meters, Kenya
Georg Werthner, Decathlon, Austria

1992 Barcelona, Spain
Bill Motti, Decathlon, France

1996 Atlanta, Georgia
Cliff Wong, 4x400m relay, Guyana

2008 Beijing, China
Dita Krumberga, Women's Basketball, Latvia

*GOLD MEDALIST

A video look back at Peter Rono's win in the 1500 meters at the 1988 Olympics

 

Peter Rono won the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in the 1,500m run.

Bill Motti competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona
Charles Cheryiout and his twin brother, Kip, each were
two-time Olympians