Michigan in the Olympics


1976 - Montreal

U of M Law School student Phil Boggs kept the Wolverine diving tradition going by taking the three meter event for the U.S. in Montreal. Freshman Phil Hubbard won the second Michigan gold medal in basketball, while a future UM women's basketball coach competed for the U.S. in women's basketball, a new Olympic sport. Trish Roberts, a relatively unheralded post-player from Emporia State, who didn't start, averaged more playing time than any other player in helping the U.S. to silver medal behind a powerful Soviet team. After the Olympics, Roberts starred for the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Roberts was UM women's basketball coach from 1992-1996.


Hubbard  Phil

Boggs  Trish

Phil Hubbard, Phil Boggs, Coach Trish Roberts

Swimmers Gordon Downie and Alan McClatchey each earned a bronze medal for Great Britain in the 800 meter freestyle relay. Future Wolverines Fernando Canales of Puerto Rico and Kevin Williamson of Ireland, competed in the freestyle events. Canales swam the 100, 200 and 400 meter events as well as the 400 and 800 meter freestyle relays. Williamson raced in the 400 and 1500 meters. Neither advanced out of the qualifying round.  John Daly, varsity letter winner 1975-1977, also swam for Puerto Rico; competing in the 100 and 200 butterfly and joining Canales on the 400 meter relay team.

Gordon Downie  Alan McClatchey  Kevin Williamson
Gordon Downie, Alan McClatchey, Kevin Williamson

Fernando Canales   John Daly
Fernando Canales, John Daly

The U-M Results - 1976

Phil Boggs
   3 m. diving1st
Phil Hubbard
Trish Roberts
Gordon Downie (Great Britain)
   800 m. freestyle relay3rd
   200 m. freestyle7th
Alan McClatchey (Great Britain)
   800 m. freestyle relay3rd
    200 m. freestyle 4th in heat
Kevin Williamson (Ireland)
   400 meters5th in heat
   1500 m. freestyle5th in heat
Fernando Canales (Puerto Rico)
    100 m. freestyle6th in heat
   200 m. freestyle6th in heat
   400 m. freestyle6th in heat
   800 m. freestyle relay6th in heat
John Daly (Puerto Rico)
   100 m. butterfly 7th in heat
   200 m. butterfly5th in heat
    400 m. freestyle relay 6th in heat

InnsBruck -- Winter Games

Lindsy McLean, head trainer for the U-M football and basketball teams served as a trainer for the U.S. Olympic team.

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