Indiana University Olympians

From Leroy Samse to Lilly King

by David Woods

Published by: Indiana University Press

282 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 49 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253050083
  • Published: August 2020

$25.00

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253050076
  • Published: August 2020

$60.00

  • eBook
  • 9780253050861
  • Published: August 2020

$12.99

From track and field to swimming and diving, and of course basketball and soccer, Indiana University Olympians celebrates over a century of Indiana University Olympic competitors. Beginning in 1904, at the 3rd summer games in St. Louis, IU's first Olympic medal went to pole vaulter LeRoy Samse who earned a silver medal. In 2016, swimmer Lilly King rocketed onto the world stage with two gold medals in the 31st Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Featuring profiles of 49 athletes who attended IU, Indiana University Olympians includes the stories of well-known figures like Milt Campbell, the first African American to win decathlon gold and who went on to play pro football, and Mark Spitz, winner of seven swimming gold medals. The book also highlights fascinating anecdotes and the accomplishments of their less well-known colleagues, including one athlete's humble beginnings in a chicken house and another who earned a Silver Star for heroism in the Vietnam War. Despite their different lives, they share one key similarity—these remarkable athletes all called Indiana University home.