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The Olympics

In Focus

Harvard and the Olympics

This year in Tokyo, we add to a history with the Olympics that dates back to 1896 when seven members of the Harvard community brought home eight gold medals.

Our Olympic history

Harvard has played an integral role in the Olympics, Paralympics, and Special Olympics for over a century.

See the full list of competitors at Harvard University Athletics

Striving for Olympic glory

The 2014 U.S. Olympic women’s hockey squad was coached by Harvard coach Katey Stone and included three Harvard students and a Harvard alum.

Read more on The Harvard Gazette

A special anniversary

Since its founding in 1968, the Special Olympics has grown to a global movement that empowers people with intellectual disabilities through sports, education, and health programs. In 2018, the Harvard Law School Project on Disability helped celebrate the 50th anniversary.

Read more at the Law School


The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian created the AstrOlympics project to help explore the spectacular range of science that we can find both in the impressive feats of the Olympic Games as well as cosmic phenomena throughout the Universe.

Explore the project