Auburn to Honor Olympians at Public Reception on Thursday

AUBURN, Ala., September 8. AUBURN has announced it is hosting a gathering tomorrow to recognize its students and coaches participating in the Athens Olympics.

The Auburn athletic department invites the entire Auburn-Opelika community to join in celebrating the accomplishments of the 32 Auburn athletes and coaches that competed in the XXVIII Olympics last month in Athens, Greece, this Thursday, Sept. 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the floor of Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

The Tigers captured a total of six medals at the XXVIII Olympics, two gold, two silver and two bronze. Swimmer Kirsty Coventry brought home the largest collection, winning one of each. Her gold medal swim was in the 200-meter backstroke while she won silver in the 100-meter back and bronze in the 200-meter individual medley. Fellow swimmer Mark Gangloff also won gold as he was a part of the USA's 4×100-meter medley relay. Track sensation Coby Miller won silver as he ran the third leg of the United States' 4×100-meter relay while swimmer George Bovell won bronze in the 200-meter individual medley.

The reception is scheduled to last one hour and will give fans the opportunity to meet and greet the Olympians as well as receive autographs and take photos with them.

The event is free and open to the public.

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