Stark Institute for Olympic Studies Hosts 1968 U.S. Olympic Team Reunion

Dr. Tommy Hunt giving his presentation to the 1968 Olympic Team Reunion audience in the Stark Center lobby.

On Saturday, October 27th, more than 40 Olympians who represented the United States in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, along with spouses, friends, and family members, arrived in Austin for a special reunion weekend.

The reunion was organized by the Stark Center’s Dr. Thomas Hunt, the 1968 US Olympic Team’s reunion coordinator, Tom Lough (1968 Modern Pentathlon) with assistance from Desiree Harguess, and Cindy Slater.   It was a two-day affair and included an extensive program at the Stark Center on Saturday followed by a BBQ lunch.

The highlight of the presentation to the Olympians on Saturday was the discussion by Dr. Hunt of the 1968 Olympic Team Oral History Project on which Dr. Hunt and a group of graduate students have been working for the past several years.  Dr. Hunt and his students have now interviewed more than 70 Olympians, and their interviews are gradually being added to the online digital archives of the Stark Center.  To learn more about the 1968 Oral History project, click here.

Olympians gathering and looking at the gallery
1968 Olympians, friends and family gather at the Stark Center on Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Madeline Manning Mims mingling in Stark Center exhibit area.
Madeline Manning Mims, who won gold in track and field (800m) at the 1968 Olympic Games, enjoys refreshments before the program begins.
Dr. Hunt addressing the audience in the Stark Center lobby.
Dr. Thomas Hunt addresses the crowd on Saturday.
Lance Wyman giving a presentation.
Lance Wyman, the graphic designer of the logos for the 1968 Olympic Games, addresses the crowd on Saturday, October 27th, 2012.
Jan Todd speaking to the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team Reunion audience in the Stark Center lobby.
There was a great turnout for the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team Reunion.
Gary Hall speaking to the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team Reunion audience in the Stark Center lobby.
Gary Hall, silver medalist in swimming (400IM) at the 1968 Olympic Games, speaks at the Stark Center on Saturday, October 27th, 2012.

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