Barbour recaps Penn State experience in Rio
UNIVERSITY PARK -- The 2016 Rio Olympics closed out this past weekend and eight Penn Staters returned home with medals - an all-time high for the university.
The eight medalists out of 25 participants representing Penn State in Rio, represented five different events. Seven won bronze in team events (men's volleyball, women's volleyball, men's team foil, women's team foil) and one of them, Joe Kovacs, won a silver in shot put.
Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour spent a few days in Rio to cheer on the Nittany Lion Olympians and witnessed first hand what kind of support they brought to Brazil.
She also credits the environment that surrounds Penn State athletes in State College for their success on the world stage.
"For Penn State student-athletes to perform at a medal level there, I think, speaks volumes to our coaches ... and the support of our various communities," Barbour said.