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Go Purple, Win Gold: Huskies at the 2012 Olympics—Around the World

Athletes come from all over the world to train with and compete for the UW. This year, four countries are represented among the 19 Olympians currently striving for the gold in London. Let’s meet some of our further-flung Dawgs!

Ingvill Måkestad Bovim, ’04, Norway

Ingvill Makstadt Bovim

Ingvill Måkestad Bovim

When Norwegian track star Ingvill Måkestad Bovim lines up in the 1500m semifinals on Monday, it will be the culmination of 15 years of hard work and rigorous training. Måkestad Bovim, a native of Odda, Norway, raced onto the scene at the 1997 Under-20 European Championships, where she took fourth place; she would repeat that feat again in 1999. Måkestad Bovim arrived in 2003 at the UW, where she was one of five new Huskies to compete at the NCAA Championships. Since graduating, Måkestad Bovim has raced for Norway at the 2010 and 2012 European Championships, as well as the 2011 World Championships. She is making her Olympics debut in London, where she is competing in the women’s 1500m race on Aug. 6.

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Go Purple, Win Gold: Huskies at the 2012 Olympics—Rowing for Canada

Just this morning, the Canadian men’s eight took the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Three Huskies were in the boat. Let’s meet them now!

Rob Gibson, Canada, ’09, Rowing

Rob Gibson

Rob Giblson, ’09, Canada, Rowing

Rob Gibson got his first taste of Olympic success in 2008, when, while still a UW undergrad,  he was a spare on the Canadian rowing team that won gold in Beijing. But the 2009 graduate is no one’s alternate this summer: Gibson, along with fellow Huskies Conlin McCabe and Will Crothers, took the silver medal as part of the Canadian men’s eight rowing team in London. While at UW, Gibson, along with Crothers, helped power the Huskies to national championships in 2007 and 2009. The Kingston, Ontario, native rowed as a junior with the undefeated varsity team that won gold medals at the Pac-10 Championships and the 2007 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta. Citing the legacy of crew victories, the strong academics at Washington, the generally mild temperatures allowing for year-round rowing on multiple bodies of water, Gibson told the UW Daily, “Rowing at Washington really is the ideal location for a Canadian rower looking to take the next step.

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Huskies to Watch for in Today’s Games

What’s going on with the Games? Well, on TV today…

  • All sorts of rowing—qualifying heats and repecherges will be covered periodically all day. Look for Husky rowers on Team USA (Kalmoe, Martelli, Whipple) and Team Canada (Gibson, McCabe, Crothers, Jacob, Calder)
  • The U.S. Women’s Volleyball team will be taking on Team Brazil to continue their quest for gold. Watch for UW superstars Tamari Miyashiro and Courtney Thompson.

Also, UW alumna Janine Sandell will be taking on Algeria with Team Great Britain. Team GB is fighting to stay in medal contention after a 0-3 loss to Russia on Saturday.

Tomorrow, Hope Solo and Team USA Soccer will be looking to follow up on Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Columbia with a match against North Korea.

Check your local listings, and good luck to all our Husky Olympians!

What events are you going to be watching?

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Quick Post: Things You Learn on Twitter, Olympics Edition

Aretha Thurmond

Team Captain Aretha Thurmond, ’98

From Twitter (check out #DawgsInLondon), we learn that Husky Olympic discus thrower Aretha Thurmond, ’98, has been elected Team USA’s women’s team captain. The Team USA athletes choose their captains, whose jobs include selecting the flag bearer for the opening ceremonies. Says Thurmond:

“It is an honor to represent such a great and strong team, this is my third team with Angelo [Taylor, men's team captain], so we know each other well since we were just out of college. I’m happy to be serving the team with him.”

Congratulations, Aretha, and best of luck at the games!

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Go Purple, Win Gold—Huskies at the 2012 Olympics: Men’s Rowing (Team USA)

Some of the 19 UW alumni heading to London for the 2012 Olympics knew each other while they were students. A few even competed together. Volleyball teammates Courtney Thompson, ’08 and Tamari Miyashiro, ’09 were only on the UW team together for a only single year (Miyashiro’s redshirt freshman year coincided with Thompson’s senior-year run for the 2005 NCAA championship—Thompson took some time off to compete professionally before returning for her degree. However, these three Olympians rowed together for most of their college careers, and are now teaming up to race for the gold.

Men’s Rowing

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Giuseppe Lanzone, ’05, Rowing (Photo courtesy of US Rowing)

Giuseppe Lanzone, ’05, Rowing

Despite Giuseppe Lanzone’s hometown of La Punta, Peru, being a hotspot for rowing, Giuseppe Lanzone did not start rowing seriously until after he moved to Virginia at 14—he was more interested in surfing and sailing. Still, Lanzone was a quick study, in 2002 he helped the UW freshman eight take the gold medal at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta, and in 2003 he helped row the varsity eight to its first Pac-10 championship since 1997. In 2006, Lanzone became a U.S. citizen just weeks before rowing with Team USA’s men’s eight in the World Championships. Off the water, he’s been seen in the pages of GQ and has done modeling work for Polo, and currently appears showing off the Ralph-Lauren-designed Team USA uniforms.

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Go Purple, Win Gold—Huskies at the 2012 Olympics: Volleyball and Track

19 Olympians with ties to the UW will be heading to London this summer. In our continuing series, we introduce you to them. Here are your Husky Olympians!

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Courtney Thompson

Courtney Thompson, ’08, Volleyball (photo courtesy of Team USA)

Courtney Thompson, ’08, Volleyball

Kent native Courtney Thompson knows something about winning. In 2005, she helped captain the UW volleyball team to its first NCAA championship. As starting setter in the European professional leagues, she took her team to victory in the national championships. But most impressive was her performance last April, when she led a floundering Puerto Rican civic team, the Cataño Lancheras, to victory against the heavily favored Caguas Creoles. The Creoles had been to the finals 20 times; they had not lost consecutive games in three years. In front of a crowd of 7,000 cheering fans, Thompson’s Lancheras swept the series, winning the small island city’s first professional sports championship of any description. After a four-day party in the streets of Cataño, Thompson headed back home to shoot for Olympic glory.

Thompson is also active in sports philanthropy, visiting hospitals with Team USA and holding free volleyball clinics to help the next generation of women athletes.

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New – Watch videos on the Columns website

Seattle Camera Club photo by Frank Asakichi Kunishige Betti, ca. 1924. Like Columns magazine? Like UWTV? How about the Seattle Camera Club story that ran in Columns in December and on UW 360 this month?

Then, we hope you’ll love this: Readers can now enjoy our Camera Club story, then watch UW 360’s fantastic episode on the club, all from the Columns website. Click here to watch the video and see the new feature!

This is just another look at how we storytellers are beginning to work together across the UW campus. I’m excited to see how this evolves.

Until then, check out the entire UW 360 February episode :

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A history of UW logos – Which is your favorite?

University of Washington logos

For Huskies, the University of Washington means many things. To the majority of people outside the UW community, the school is an image—a purple block W.  

When people look at the logo, no matter where they are, they don’t just see the logo. They see their personal experiences with the university, and their impressions are based on media and other sources. They see the UW’s reputation.  

With its logo, mascot and color scheme, the UW has always tried to represent the students, the school and the ideals held here. The brand’s evolution has taken some unusual twists and turns but has endlessly inspired students and alumni alike. Let’s open the history books and look back at nearly a century of UW logos.  

First, some interesting notes:  

  • Until 1919, the UW did not have a mascot and used only the block W. But as other schools adopted mascots across the nation, Columns reported, student leaders realized that Washington needed an icon.
  • The nickname “Sun Dodgers” was used until the UW switched to Huskies in 1922. Wanting to move away from Sun Dodgers, university officials decided to go with Vikings but students immediately protested and the school settled on Huskies a few months later.
  • It wasn’t until 1984 that the UW agreed it needed a clear identity and moved to adopt a consistent logo and color scheme. Before that, more than 550 licensees were authorized to use either the block W or Husky logos, and the result was a mishmash of UW imagery.

    University of Washington logo 1919

    Sunny Boy statue at Husky Hall of Fame.

Our story begins with a drawing in the Sept. 1919 issue of the on-campus magazine, Sun Dodger, in which a staff artist depicted a fictional UW student named “Sunny Boy,” a smiling freshman wearing a huge bow tie and carrying an umbrella (right). Despite the initial protests of magazine staff, the name “Sun Dodgers” stuck with the local press and Sunny Boy grew in popularity. Eventually, students commissioned a 3-foot-tall wooden statue in his likeness and carried it to the away football games. See the video from the Husky Hall of Fame.

An article in the Washington Alumnus, which later became Columns magazine, noted the Husky is “a symbol of willingness, courage, endurance, strength and fight.” After settling on the new name, university officials were most excited to use a live dog as an on-the-field mascot, and felt the name Huskies “suggests the idea that Washington is the most northern American university on the Pacific Coast.” A nod to our neighbors to the north, eh?

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