A month on from the Olympics and Team GB have arrived home. We managed to score more golds than we’ve ever seen before, from Olympians across the country. Many of which are studying—or alumni—of our universities.
Here are the universities that brought us back our golds:
Loughborough sent over 80 of their athletes—both students and alumni—to the Olympics and Paralympics this year and is the number one university to produce the top athletes for Rio.
According to the Times Higher Education, they come 3rd in the entire world for producing the most gold medallists.
The university brought back 6 gold medals in total, from Matt Gotrel (Rowing), Maddie Hinch (hockey), Hannah Macleod (hockey), Laura Unsworth (Hockey), Giselle Ansley (hockey) and Liam Heath (canoeing).
Number 1 spot, however, went to Stanford University in the US, who saw 11 gold winning medallists.
The other top UK universities, whose students or alumni won gold in Rio include:
2 golds: University of West England – Pete Reed (rowing) and Astier Nicholas (equestrian for French team)
2 golds: University of Bristol –Georgie Twigg (hockey) and Hannah Mills (sailing)
2 golds: University of Birmingham –Sophie Bray (hockey) and Lily Owsly (hockey)
2 golds: St Mary’s University, Twickenham – Mo Farah (athletics) and Mohmed Sbihi (rowing)
1 gold: Cardiff Metropolian University –Helen Glover (rowing)
1 gold: University of Bath – Heather Stanning (rowing)
1 gold: University of Reading –Alex Gregory (rowing)
1 gold: Leeds University – Alistair Brownlee (triathlon)
1 gold: University of Cambridge – George Nash (rowing)
1 gold: University of Oxford – Constantine Louloudis (rowing)
1 gold: Oxford Brookes University – Scott Durant (rowing)
1 gold: University of York –Tom Ransley (rowing)
1 gold: Staffordshire University – Andrew Triggs-Hodge (rowing)
1 gold: Kings College London – Paul Bennett (rowing)
1 gold: University of Leicester –Phelan Hill (rowing)
1 gold: University of Chichester – Saskia Clarke (sailing)
1 gold: Leeds Beckett University – Sam Quek (hockey)
1 gold: Brunel University London – Kate Richardson-Walsh (hockey)
1 gold: Open University – Helen Richardson-Walsh (hockey)
1 gold: University of Sheffield – Hollie Webb (hockey)
1 gold: Nottingham Trent – Crista Cullen (hockey)
By Holly Smith