As Sochi 2014 came to a close, NerdScholar took a closer look at which universities’ students and alumni earned the most medals for Team USA. Given that it was the Winter Olympics, it probably comes as little surprise that our list is top-heavy with cold-climate schools—Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin all ranked high.
Five members of the silver-medaling women’s hockey team hail from the Gopher State, placing the University of Minnesota at the top of our list. Figure skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who took home gold for ice dancing and bronze for the team event, make the University of Michigan one of two schools that graduated 2014 gold medalists. The second is Westminster College, a private college in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was the perfect location for Olympic snowboarders (Alex Deibold and Kaitlyn Farrington) and skiers (Maddie Bowman, Devin Logan, and Joss Christensen) to earn a degree while shredding some powder. Finally, the University of Wisconsin and Harvard University show that they breed good hockey players, too—both schools lay claim to four members from Team USA.
Check out our table below to see if 2014 Olympians represented your alma mater on the Sochi podium.
|University of Minnesota||5||5|
|University of Michigan||4||2||2|
|University of Wisconsin||4||4|
|University of North Dakota||2||2|
|Northern Michigan University||1||1|
|Texas Tech University||1||1|
|Robert Morris University||1||1|
|University of New Hampshire||1||1|
|University of Miami||1||1|
|George Washington University||1||1|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln||1||1|
|Utah Valley University||1||1|
|California University of Pennsylvania||1||1|
|Utah Valley State College||1||1|
|Colorado Technical University||1||1|
|University of Colorado-Colorado Springs||1||1|
|University of Illinois||1||1|
|Saddleback Community College||1||1|
|Community College of Rhode Island||1||1|
Correction: The above graph has been changed to reflect that Westminster College won 5 medals: 3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze. We regret the error.