Tar Heels in the 2008 Olympics

Shalane Flanagan '05 wins Bronze.

Shalane Flanagan ’05 won bronze on Aug. 15 in the 10,000m, the second in Olympic history for the U.S. in the event. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Nineteen Tar Heels competed in Beijing in the Games, which opened on Aug. 8. They competed for the U.S. in women’s field hockey, women’s soccer, men’s soccer and women’s track and field. Four Carolina alumni also are competing for other countries. The links on this page were updated throughout the Games.

Also, Courtney Woo, a Parks Fellow master’s student in UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, wrote a blog about her experiences working behind the scenes.

More about the Olympics.


8/21 Women’s soccer: Glory restored: ‘Golden Girls’ again
Carli Lloyd’s extra-time strike secures second-straight gold for U.S. women.

8/18 Women’s soccer: U.S. advances to gold medal match
Down 1-0 and being outplayed by Japan in Monday’s semifinal, the Americans found ways to score two quick goals just before halftime and rallied to a 4-2 victory that sent the defending champions to yet another Olympic final against Brazil.

8/18 Women’s field hockey: U.S. eliminated from medal contention after a scoreless draw with Britain

8/16 Women’s field hockey: U.S. women get first win
The victory kept the U.S. in contention for a berth in the semifinal round with one game remaining in pool play.

8/15 Shalane Flanagan ’05 wins bronze in 10,000m
Alumna’s bronze medal was just the second in Olympic history for the U.S. in the event. Flanagan’s time of 30:22.22 was an American record.
Flanagan was gone to Carolina in her mind
A Tar Heel thinks of home, and she wins the bronze, by Scott Fowler ’87, sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer.

8/15 Women’s soccer: U.S. cuts down Canada in OT for 2-1 win
An overtime goal on Friday gave the U.S. a 2-1 victory over Canada in a storm-delayed game that took more than four hours to complete.

8/15 Alice Schmidt ’04 was sixth in round one, second heat, in the  800m; her time was 2:02.33

8/14  Women’s soccer: U.S. women face Canada, face familiar foe in quarterfinal clash with northern neighbor

8/14 Women’s field hockey: USA loses to Germany, 4-2

8/13 Men’s soccer: Ill-fated elbow ends Americans’ Olympics
Forced to play with 10 men after three minutes, U.S. loses 2-1 to Nigeria

8/12 Women’s soccer: U.S. women score early, often, defeating New Zealand 4-0
“An opportunistic Heather O’Reilly lobbed New Zealand goalkeeper Jenny Bindon 40 seconds into the match for the earliest goal in women’s Olympic soccer history.”

8/12 Women’s field hockey: U.S. earns another draw in field hockey
“The U.S. earned the draw when team captain Kate Barber scored in the 58th minute on a shot that slowly rolled into the goal to tie the score.”

8/12 Women’s field hockey: U.S. ties Japan, 1-1

8/10 Women’s field hockey: U.S. ties second-ranked Argentina

8/10 Men’s soccer: Last-minute goal stuns U.S. in tie

8/9 Women’s soccer: Midfielder’s volley from 20 yards earns Americans 1-0 win over Japan

8/8 Opening ceremonies and official site of the 2008 Games

8/7 Men’s soccer team defeats Japan, 1-0, in this preliminary match

8/6 Women’s soccer team loses opening match to Norway, 2-0

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