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Maryland Medalists

Beijing 2008


August 03, 2008

The All-America forward from Maryland played in the most controversial basketball game in Olympic history. McMillen was an important frontcourt player, averaging 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds for a team that swept to the Olympic final with an undefeated record. There, the U.S. met the Soviet Union, also undefeated. McMillen made a key block to set up go-ahead free throws by Doug Collins with seconds left. But he and his teammates watched in horror as a clock controversy afforded the Soviets two chances at a winning basket. They converted the second and handed the U.S. men their first-ever loss in the Olympics. McMillen and his teammates refused their silver medals in protest. He went on to earn a Rhodes scholarship, play 12 seasons in the NBA and serve three terms as a congressman from Maryland. He now works in the defense industry.

Anita Nall



A breaststroke specialist, the youngest swimmer on the U.S. women's squad won a medal of each color in Barcelona. Nall was a student of Murray Stephens at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and attended Towson Catholic High School. In 2002, she graduated from Arizona State University with a communications degree and married Luke Richesson. They live in Phoenix with their two children. This year, Nall was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Michael Phelps



Won six gold medals and two bronze medals in Athens, setting the stage for Beijing, where he is expected to challenge Mark Spitz's record of seven golds in a single Games. The former Rodgers Forge resident also came through the NBAC program.

Andrew Valmon

1988, 1992


The University of Maryland track coach was one of the country's finest 400-meter sprinters from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. A New Jersey native, he qualified for the 1988 and 1992 Games and won gold as a member of the 1,600-meter relay team in Barcelona in 1992.

Bernard Williams

2000, 2004


The Carver graduate became the most decorated sprinter ever from Baltimore, claiming Olympic gold in the 1,600-meter relay in 2000 and winning silver in the 200-meter sprint in 2004. Williams still trains in Florida, where he attended college, but injuries have marred his 2008 season, and he finished seventh in the 200-meter finals at the Olympic trials.

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