USC’s lone winter Olympian, alumni Jung-hwa Seo, had a rough start to her trip to Sochi and unfortunately it looks like she’ll be leaving Russia empty handed.
The 24-year old South Korean finished 14th in her qualifying run Saturday, missing out on the medal round. The top ten from each round advance. With a time of 14.16, Seo ranked 24th overall.
Seo had been set to make her run in women’s moguls on Friday, but she suffered a fall in training and had to be stretchered off the course. Fears that she had suffered a concussion were allayed and she was allowed to participate on Saturday.
On her first trip to the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, Seo placed 22nd, just missing out on qualifying for the medal round then as well.
USC has had just four winter Olympians, including Seo, though the university boasts the most all-time Olympians among US universities with 420 participants since 1904. The Trojans dominate Olympic medal standings among US universities, owning the top spot for overall and gold medalists. Still, no Trojan has ever won a medal in the winter Olympics.