Among UCLA Anderson’s student body and alumni network are several U.S. Olympians, many of them medalists. As Rio 2016 escalates, we’re profiling five standouts who talk about their athletic team training and how an Anderson education influenced their esprit de corps.
By David Davis
Mike Altman (’07), Rowing, Lightweight Fours
2008 Beijing Olympics; 2004 Athens Olympics (alternate)
Rower Mike Altman experienced the highs and the lows of Olympic sports. Making the 2008 U.S. team represented the pinnacle of his career after “years and years of training, traveling all over the world, sacrificing and competing,” he said. He and his teammates finished 11th in the competition, which was the lowest international finish of his career.
“Growing up, watching the Olympics on TV, you see all the success stories,” he said. “What you don’t see is the 90 percent of the athletes that don’t win a medal. So, it was this mixed set of emotions: trying to enjoy the Olympic experience and dealing with the disappointment of our performance.”