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USC’s Olympic gold medal streak continues

Clement Lefert wins gold
From left, gold medallists Amaury Leveaux, Fabien Gilot, Trojan Clement Lefert and Yannick Agnel of France pose on the podium during the medal ceremony following the 400-meter freestyle relay. (Photo/Clive Rose, Getty Images)

Former Trojan All-American Clement Lefert won a gold medal as part of France’s 400-meter freestyle relay, extending USC’s streak of winning at least one gold medal at every Summer Olympic Games since 1912.

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Aiming for the gold

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
USC alumna Rebecca Soni shoots for her second gold medal at the London Olympics this month. Pictured here, Soni waves from the podium during the medal ceremony after the Women's 200m Breaststroke Final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. (Photo/Al Bello, Getty Images)

Continuing USC’s long tradition of nurturing successful Olympic athletes, more than 40 members of the Trojan Family are headed to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London this month.

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MSW@USC student to compete in 2012 Paralympics

MSW@USC Student to Compete in 2012 Paralympics
Eric Hollen is training to compete in this year's Paralympics, which follows the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

Eric Hollen, a Virtual Academic Center student at the USC School of Social Work, was tending his horse farm about 10 years ago when his tractor tipped over, pinning him. He spent five months in a hospital being treated for the dislocation of his third and fourth lumbar vertebrae, a ruptured diaphragm, a broken pelvis and a torn aorta.

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Olympic spotlight: Bryshon Nellum and Ron Allice

Ron Allice and Bryshon Nellum
Bryshon Nellum rests as he works out at Veterans Stadium. Nellum made the U.S. Olympic men's track and field 400-meter team. He is coached by USC's Ron Allice. (Photo/Stephen Carr, Long Beach Press Telegram)

On the night in 2008 USC track star Bryshon Nellum was shot in the legs, Director of Track and Field Ron Allice was by his side in the hospital. While the doctors questioned whether Nellum would ever hit top gear again, Allice chose to believe.