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FAL 2016

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2 2 | L O U I S V I L L E . E D U Athletics Worrell, McCoughtry win Olympic gold Two Cardinals athletes came home from Rio with the best Olympic souvenirs possible: gold medals. Senior Kelsi Worrell won her gold as part of the U.S. women's 4x100-meter medley relay team. Worrell swam the butterfl y leg for the preliminaries, qualifying the American women as favorites in the fi nal. The gold medal won by the medley relay team was the 1,000th Summer Olympics gold medal for the United States. Worrell, the fi rst Cardinals swimmer to compete for Team USA, placed ninth in the 100-meter butterfl y individual event. Angel McCoughtry, 09A, took home a gold as part of the U.S. women's basketball team. The U.S. women were clear favorites throughout the Olympics, dominating the competition and defeating Spain in the gold medal game to earn a sixth-straight Olympic gold. McCoughtry had one of the most memorable baskets of the Games with a 360-degree layup in a game against Serbia. This is the second gold for McCoughtry, who also was a member of the 2012 Olympic team. The Thorntons Academic Center of Excellence at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium opened in August. Thorntons Academic Center of Excellence opens its doors UofL student athletes have an impressive new place to study in the Thorntons Academic Cen- ter of Excellence at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The center held its grand opening in August. The 40,000-square-foot facility houses academic operations for athletics, including tutorial areas, a high-performance train- ing table to feed student athletes, computer labs, an auditorium, and offi ce and classroom space. The facility and the amenities will serve more than 750 student athletes and contribute to their continuing excellence in the classroom. "It may be the fi nest facility that we've built and certainly one of the most important projects we've taken on during my time at Louisville," said Tom Jurich, vice president and director of athletics. "It's a student-fi rst build- ing that touches all 23 of our sports programs. We sincerely appreciate the generosity of many people that invested in the future of so many student athletes' lives to create probably the fi nest academic center in the nation." Worrell

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