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

By Stark Staff
November 2, 2012

Image of Event at the Stark


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 on-line 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

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 crowd

Dr. Thomas Hunt addresses the crowd on Saturday.


Lance Wyman

Lance Wyman, the graphic designer of the logos for the 1968 Olympic Games, addresses the crowd on Saturday, October 27th, 2012


Crowd from behind (left)

There was a great turnout for the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team Reunion


Gary Hall

Gary Hall, silver medalist in swimming (400IM) at the 1968 Olympic Games, speaks at the Stark Center on Saturday, October 27th, 2012.