Before attending the 2012 London Olympics, many top athletes exercised their minds at colleges and universities across the country. Swimmer Michael Phelps, for instance, attended the University of Michigan as somewhat of a campus celebrity, having already medaled in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Swimmer Natalie Coughlin came from UC Berkeley -- a school that has produced multiple famous swimmers, including Nathan Adrian and Caitlin Leverenz.

Needless to say, these schools are pretty proud to claim such accomplished Olympians.


Click through to see where athletes in the 2012 London Olympics attended college.

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  • Natalie Coughlin - Swimming

    Coughlin graduated from UC Berkeley in 2005 with a degree in psychology. The London games will mark her <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407708,00.asp" target="_hplink">third Olympics</a>; she collected a total of <a href="http://nataliecoughlin.com/Bio" target="_hplink">11 Olympic medals</a> during the Athens and Beijing games, earning a medal in every event she entered.

  • Rebecca Soni - Swimming

    Soni, the<a href="http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/w-swim/mtt/soni_rebecca00.html" target="_hplink"> top breaststroker</a> in the world, graduated from the University of Southern California in 2009 with a degree in communications. She won <a href="http://www.rebsoni.com/about-me/" target="_hplink">a gold medal and two silver medals</a> in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  • Nick Thoman - Swimming

    Thoman attended the University of Arizona, where he was a<a href="http://azstarnet.com/sports/olympics/swimming-matt-grevers-nick-thoman-credit-their-success-to-time/article_9d5f34a2-f019-5701-ba52-d947e8579ef5.html" target="_hplink"> five-time All-American</a> and helped win the NCAA championship in 2006. This is his <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/07/30/3418455/charlotte-swimmer-nick-thoman.html" target="_hplink">first time</a> competing in the Olympics.

  • Matt Grevers - Swimming

    Grevers attended Northwestern University, where he studied communications. He earned two gold medals and one silver medal during the <a href="http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1453&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en&biosid=9249d75b-d2c0-4f0d-aafb-9b8c362600fe" target="_hplink">2008 Olympics in Beijing</a>, and is back in London to add to his collection.

  • Michael Phelps - Swimming

    Phelps, who attended the University of Michigan, has won international fame as <a href="http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/swimming/story/_/id/8222710/2012-olympics-phelps-greatest-ever-debate" target="_hplink">the greatest Olympian ever</a>. He made his Olympic debut <a href="http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-blogs/blog=olympic-talk/post/by-the-numbers-michael-phelps-london-olympics-2012.html" target="_hplink">at age 15</a> in the Sydney 2000 games, returning four years later in <a href="http://www.annarbor.com/sports/michael-phelps-says-hes-more-tame-now-than-when-he-first-came-to-ann-arbor/#.UBlbnDFSRdQ" target="_hplink">Athens</a> to earn six gold medals and two bronze. His real feat came in the Beijing 2008 Olympics, when he claimed<a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/blogs/1st-look/Ricky-Berens-Grabs-Gold-and-Assists-Michael-Phelps-in-Being-the-Most-Decorated-Olympian-in-History-164596946.html" target="_hplink"> eight gold metals</a> -- the most gold medals ever earned in a single Olympics.

  • Ryan Lochte - Swimming

    Lochte, who currently holds <a href="http://ryanlochte.com/bio/" target="_hplink">six Olympic medals</a>, attended his home state's University of Florida. He has also set several world records, and earned 7 NCAA championships. Lochte has expressed his excitement about the London 2012 Olympics, stating <a href="http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-blogs/swimming/lochte-targets-phelps-this-is-my-time.html" target="_hplink">"This is my time." </a>

  • Alex Morgan - Soccer

    Morgan, who is a <a href="https://twitter.com/alexmorgan13" target="_hplink">forward on the U.S. soccer team</a>, played at UC Berkeley from 2007-2010. Last summer she was the <a href="http://www.alexmorgansoccer.com/#!alex" target="_hplink">youngest player</a> in the U.S. World Cup roster.

  • Candace Parker - Women's Basketball

    Parker attended the University of Tennessee, where she became the <a href="http://candaceparker.com/bio/" target="_hplink">first woman to dunk</a> in an NCAA game. Parker competed in the Beijing Olympics, where the team claimed the <a href="http://www.wnba.com/features/candace_parkers_new_olympic_o_2012_07_27.html?rss=true" target="_hplink">gold medal</a>.

  • Allyson Felix - Track & Field

    Felix, a sprinter, graduated from the <a href="http://trackmom.com/2008/01/26/allyson-felix-graduates-from-usc/" target="_hplink">University of Southern California</a>. She won a<a href="http://www.usatf.org/Athlete-Bios/Allyson-Felix.aspx" target="_hplink"> gold metal</a> in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and a silver medal in the 2004 games. Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Osaka07_D7A_Allyson_Felix_celebrating.jpg" target="_hplink">Eckhard Pecher</a>

  • Ryan Hall - Track & Field

    Hall, a long-distance runner, attended <a href="http://www.gostanford.com/sports/c-track/mtt/hall_ryan00.html" target="_hplink">Stanford University</a> and majored in sociology. He set the record for <a href="http://www.redding.com/news/2012/jun/23/running-to-olympic-dream/" target="_hplink">fastest American</a> when he ran the 2011 Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 58 seconds.

  • Ashton Eaton - Track & Field

    Eaton ran while at the <a href="http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=655023" target="_hplink"> University of Oregon</a> and majored in psychology. He is a highly decorated athlete, who most recently set the <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/06/23/ashton-eaton-sets-world-record-in-decathlon/" target="_hplink">world record</a> in the decathlon.

  • Misty May-Treanor - Beach Volleyball

    May-Treanor attended Long Beach State in California, where she played on their volleyball team. She and her teammate Kerri Walsh-Jennings won the <a href="http://mistymay.com/biography" target="_hplink">gold medal</a> in Athens at the 2004 Olympics, and repeated the feat in the 2008 games in Beijing.

  • Kerri Walsh-Jennings - Beach Volleyball

    Graduating from Stanford University in 2000, Walsh-Jennings is part of a winning team with Misty May-Treanor. While in college she was the second player to receive <a href="http://volleyball.about.com/od/avp/a/KerriWalsh.htm" target="_hplink">First Team All-America honors</a> for all four years. Photo Credit:<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kerri_Walsh_2007.jpg" target="_hplink"> Jasonschock</a>

  • Mary Whipple - Rowing

    This Olympic coxswain graduated from the University of Washington in 2002. She was part of the Olympic rowing team that medaled in <a href="http://www.usrowing.org/Pressbox/AthleteBios/MaryWhipple.aspx" target="_hplink">Athens and Beijing</a>.

  • Jonathan Horton - Gymnastics

    Horton graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. That same year he attended his first Olympics, earning a <a href="http://www.jonathan-horton.com/bio.html" target="_hplink">bronze team medal and a silver individual medal</a> on high-bar.