Fans Invited to Meet Sooner Olympians

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 04, 2014

NORMAN, Okla. – Four Sooner Team USA men’s gymnastics members, including Olympic medalists Bart Conner and Guard Young, along with World Championship medalists Jake Dalton and Steve Legendre, will be available to meet and take photos with fans following No. 1 Oklahoma’s meet against No. 5 Stanford on Saturday.

With the 2014 Winter Olympics set to begin this Friday in Sochi, Saturday's meet and greet will give fans a chance to meet Olympians, see Olympic medals and get their photo taken with the group.

The event will take place immediately following this weekend’s contest against the visiting Cardinal in what should be the Sooners’ most exciting regular season meet of the year. Fans should provide their own cameras for the event, which will last approximately one hour. The meet starts at 5 p.m. CT at McCasland Field House. For tickets, including family packs, click here. 

Conner is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a member of both the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame and the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. While at OU, Conner was the two-time all-around national champion and a national champion on floor, collected 14 All-America honors, and led the Sooners to their first two NCAA team titles in 1977 and 1978. Conner was a member of three Olympic Teams in 1976, 1980 and 1984. It was in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where he made a dramatic comeback from his second torn biceps injury to win two gold medals, one as a member of Team USA and the other with a perfect 10 score on parallel bars. Conner currently runs Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman and is a successful sportscaster and businessman in addition to working with many charity and volunteer organizations with his wife, former Olympic medalist Nadia Comaneci.

Young is in his ninth season as an assistant coach at Oklahoma after a successful gymnastics career culminating in a team silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. A 10-time USA National Team member, Young helped Team USA to a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships and was the USA and NCAA vault champion in 1999. A six-time All-American during his own collegiate career, Young has moved to a coaching career that has helped OU win three national championships and seven conference titles.

Dalton is a current USA National Team member and most recently competed at the 2013 World Championships in Belgium where he won a silver medal on floor, his first individual World Championship medal and the first U.S. men’s floor medal since 2003. The former Sooner was a member of the 2012 USA Olympic team in addition to helping Team USA to a bronze team medal in the 2011 World Championships. During his career at OU from 2010-12, Dalton was a four-time NCAA champion and 13-time All-American.

Legendre has been a staple on the USA National Team for many years and recently took home the silver medal on vault from the 2013 World Championships, the first World Championships medal on vault for Team USA since Conner earned silver in 1979. Legendre claimed a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships and was an alternate for the 2012 Olympic team. At OU, Legendre won six NCAA titles and 12 All-America honors from 2008-11, helping OU to its eighth NCAA Championship in 2008.



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