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JaVale McGee becomes first Nevada Athletics alumnus to win Olympic Gold

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Team USA wins Olympic Gold Medal (Team USA Twitter)

JaVale McGee became Nevada Athletics' first alumnus to capture Olympic Gold Friday night, as the USA Basketball Men's Olympic Team defeated France, 87-82, in Tokyo.

McGee appeared in four of the team's six games in the Olympic tournament, averaging 6.3 points while shooting 76.9 percent (10-for-13) from the field.

It is the second Olympic Gold Medal among current and former members of the Nevada Men's Basketball program, joining head coach Steve Alford, a member of the 1984 Olympic Champion squad.

Overall, McGee, who played for the Wolf Pack from 2006-08, becomes the fourth Nevada Athletics alumnus to earn an Olympic medal, joining diver Krysta Palmer (bronze, USA, 3-meter springboard, Tokyo 2020), Limin Liu (silver, China, 100 fly, Atlanta 1996), and Lisé Mackie (bronze, Australia, 800 free relay, Atlanta 1996).

McGee also earns the unique distinction of become a second-generation Olympic Gold Medalist. His mother, Pamela McGee, was part of the gold medal-winning women's basketball team at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Nevada alumni earned two Olympic medals in Tokyo, as diver Krysta Palmer earned bronze in 3-meter springboard.


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