Villanova Alumna Dotsie Bausch ’95 Wins Olympic Silver

Bausch (center) wins Silver at 2012 Olympics
Dotsie Bausch (center) with teammates / Photo Credit: Associated Press

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University alumna Dotsie Bausch ’95 A&S, helped the United States to a Silver Medal on Saturday in Women’s Cycling Team Pursuit competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. This marks the 14th time in which a Villanovan has medaled in Summer Olympics’ competition, and the first time since Mike Neill (Gold Medal – Baseball) and Sonia O’Sullivan (Silver Medal – 5,000m) in 2000.

Bausch is one of five Villanovans competing amongst the world's finest athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She, along with Lisa Karcic (women's basketball), Marina Muncan (track), Sheila Reid (track), and Andrew Sullivan (men's basketball), extended a streak of representation for Villanova at the Summer Olympics that dates to the first such gathering held after the end of World War II (1948). Another former Wildcat, goalkeeper Jillian Loyden, is an alternate on the U.S. women's soccer team and could be activated to become the sixth VU product in London if circumstances dictate. Adrian Blincoe qualified to represent New Zealand in the 5,000 meters before announcing on July 19 that an ankle injury would prevent him from competing in his second Olympics.

A seven-time USA Cycling National Champion and a two-time Pan American Champion, Bausch is in her 12th year as a bike racer. Despite not taking up cycling until her late twenties, the Kentucky-native made a quick assent on the national scene – being named to the U.S. National Team in 2002.

After spending several years riding in road team competition, she made a switch to track cycling in 2007. Success came quickly for Bausch. Competing in Team Pursuit competition, she and teammates Lauren Tamayo and Sarah Hammer set a world record at the 2010 Pan American Championships. Bausch would go on to win a silver medal at the Track World Championships in the same event in 2011.

1956
Track & Field: Charles Jenkins, Sr. (GOLD Medal in 400 Meters; GOLD Medal in 1,600 Meter Relay); Ron Delany (GOLD Medal in 1,500 Meters);

1960
Track & Field:
Don Bragg (GOLD Medal in Pole Vault)

1964
Track & Field:
Paul Drayton (GOLD Medal in 400 Meter Relay; SILVER Medal in 200 Meters);
Rowing: William Knecht (GOLD Medal)

1968
Track & Field:
Larry James (GOLD Medal in 1,600 Meter Relay; SILVER Medal in 400 Meters); Erv Hall (SILVER Medal in 110 Meter Hurdles)

1992
Track & Field: Charles "Chip" Jenkins, Jr. (GOLD Medal in 1,600 Meter Relay);

2000
Track & Field: Sonia O'Sullivan (SILVER Medal in 5,000 Meters)
Baseball: Mike Neill (GOLD Medal)

2012
Cycling: Dotsie Bausch (SILVER Medal in Women’s Team Pursuit)

Note: Click here for a history of Villanova in the Olympic Games.

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