USC and UCLA put out statements within four minutes of each other today: The Trojans won 21 Olympic medals. The Bruins won 16.
And this chestnut from USC: “If USC athletes had competed as a country at the 2020 Olympics, they would be seventh in the gold medal standings and tied for 12th in overall medals.”
But this is fuzzy math because individual medals won by athletes as part of the same relay, boat or team count as one collective medal. USC had multiple runners on at least two track relays and multiple winners on the women’s water polo team but counted each medal separately.
USC says its athletes won 11 gold medals, 5 silvers and 5 bronzes. UCLA won seven gold, seven silver and two bronze.
Both USC and UCLA count 400-meter hurdler Rai Benjamin as a medal winner because he competed for both schools.
By the way, Stanford won 26 medals to finish first among American universities.