As an Olympic village, UCLA housed more than 4,000 athletes, coaches and trainers from 62 countries in campus residence halls. A “main street” of shops lined the upper concourse of Drake Stadium overlooking the 142 Flags of Nations on the playing field below. In Bruin Plaza, the popular amateur “sport” of Olympic pin-trading reigned as the students store sold 8,000 pins in just two days.
Hundreds of UCLA students worked as interpreters, ushers, info kiosk attendants, or in food service positions through the Associated Students, which handled all food and beverage sales. Forty-eight UCLA students and alumni representing the United States and 10 other countries competed valiantly during the Summer Games. These Bruin Olympians—the largest number affiliated with any university—won 37 medals: 17 gold, 14 silver and six bronze.
(From UCLA: The First Century: ch. 9, p. 201)
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