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It's certainly not unusual to see Dartmouth alumni winning medals at Winter Olympic Games, but the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia has also included special moments for Big Green fans, with two Dartmouth graduates winning a silver medal each in different sports.
Adam Nelson '97 won the shot put silver on Sept. 21 with a throw of 21.21 meters, or 69 feet, 7 inches. He fell just three inches short of the throw by gold medalist Arsi Harju of Finland.
On Sept. 23, Ted Murphy '94 won a silver medal with partner Sebastian Bea in pairs rowing, with the American team finishing behind a French pair but ahead of an Australian tandem.
Nelson entered the Sydney games as a favorite to win a medal due largely to his throw of 72-feet 7-inches, the longest distance recorded in the shot put this year, during the Olympic trials. For Murphy, this was a second and even more successful trip to the summer games, after he and another partner (Anne Kakela ¹92) finished fifth in pairs rowing at Atlanta in 1996.
While an undergraduate at Dartmouth, Nelson was a three-time All-American in track and field, winning the NCAA outdoor title in 1997. He also holds the Dartmouth all-time shot put record with a throw of 65-feet 3-inches. Nelson succeeded not only in track and field but on the gridiron as well: He was the first first-year student to play varsity football at Dartmouth, in 1993, after the Ivy League lifted its ban on first-year participation. He was also a member of Dartmouth's undefeated 1996 team.
Murphy was introduced to rowing at Dartmouth, where he had come intending to try out for the basketball team. Instead, he moved from success to success in rowing, beginning with sprints and continuing in the varsity heavyweight boat, then going on to San Diego to join the U.S. rowing team.
Dartmouth's last medalist at the Summer Olympics was Dana Chladek '85, who won a silver in kayak at the 1996 games in Atlanta.
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