Maryland Medalists

Beijing 2008


August 03, 2008

They range from a shooting specialist to one of the great sprinters of his generation. The former Maryland Summer Olympians who have won medals are listed below. Despite exhaustive research, it's possible we left someone out, so let us know at

Theresa Andrews



The two-time gold medalist was the first Olympic star to come from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. After winning the 100-meter backstroke, Andrews presented the medal to her brother, Danny, to honor him for his courage after he was paralyzed at the age of 19 in a bicycle accident. A resident of Wilmington, Del., she's a senior vice president at Bank of America and chairwoman of the NBAC endowment fund. Her parents still live in Annapolis.

Carmelo Anthony



The Denver Nuggets star and former Towson Catholic standout had a disappointing first Olympics in 2004, averaging 2.4 points and struggling to get along with coach Larry Brown. He earned a bronze medal, but that was considered a major letdown, as no team with NBA stars had ever failed to win gold at the Olympics. Anthony has subsequently become a key scorer for the national squad and will seek redemption at this summer's Games in Beijing.

Beth Botsford



The Garrison Forest graduate won two gold medals as a 15-year-old at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Botsford grew up in Timonium and came from the same North Baltimore Aquatic Club dynasty that has produced Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff. She won gold in the 100-meter backstroke and the individual medley relay. Botsford went on to a successful career at the University of Arizona but never qualified for another Olympics. She lives in Dana Point, Calif., and has worked as a marketing manager for a medical spa.

Vicky Bullett

1988, 1992


The former Maryland women's basketball star played on the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic teams. She was a reserve in 1988, averaging 4.4 points and three rebounds for a team that won gold behind longtime stars Teresa Edwards and Katrina McClain. Bullett started two games in 1992, but the team suffered a disappointing semifinal loss to the Unified Team from the former Soviet Union and had to settle for bronze. She went on to play in the WNBA and now teaches in her native West Virginia.

Arthur Cook


Small-bore rifle, prone

At the age of 20, he won a gold medal and set a world record at the London Summer Games. He and teammate Walter Tomsen tied in points after each missed the target only once in 60 shots. Cook won because he was slightly more accurate. He was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1982. He coached the U.S. Deaf Olympic team in 1969 and 1993 and was team leader in 1989. He also helped create the Air Force Marksmanship Training Program.

Joe Jacobi

1992, 2004

Doubles whitewater canoe

The Bethesda native won a gold medal in Barcelona with partner Scott Strausbaugh and competed in Athens as one of the "Paddling Papas" with Matt Taylor, who runs the Adventure Sports Center International in Garrett County. Now a coach and motivational speaker living in Tennessee, Jacobi will work as an NBC analyst in Beijing.

Courtney Kupets



In Athens, the two-time national champion from Gaithersburg was part of the team silver medal and won a bronze medal in the uneven bars competition, less than one year after tearing her left Achilles tendon. She's enrolled on a full athletic scholarship at the University of Georgia, where she is a five-time individual NCAA champion and 10-time All-American. At a meet in March, Kupets tore her right Achilles tendon during a floor routine, ending her junior season.

Ray Leonard



"Sugar" Ray Leonard was the face of the 1976 Montreal Games when he defeated Cuban boxer Andres Aldama in the final to win the gold. Aldama, a skilled veteran, had to take two standing eight counts in the three-round championship. Leonard, from Prince George's County, went on to hold titles in five weight classes and won memorable bouts against Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. He has gone on to host the boxing reality show The Contender.

Jamie McEwan


Singles whitewater canoe

The bronze medalist also competed in the 1992 Olympics in doubles canoe with fellow Bethesda resident Lecky Haller, and finished fourth. Now an author and adventurer living in Connecticut, he's married to Sandra Boynton, a popular children's author, songwriter and illustrator, and they have four children.

Tom McMillen



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