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China Girls Math Olympiad: U.S. Wins Two Gold, One Silver, and Five Bronze Medals

The 2008 China Girls Mathematical Olympiad (CGMO) has wrapped up, and both of the MAA-sponsored U.S. teams are bringing home plenty of extra luggage. All eight girls who participated for the U.S. earned a medal.

  • Lynnelle Ye with a score of 87 earned a gold medal
  • Jenny Iglesias with a score of 81 earned a gold medal
  • Wendy Mu with a score of 63 earned a silver medal
  • In Young with a score of 54 earned a bronze medal
  • Carolyn Kim with a score of 45 earned a bronze medal
  • Colleen Lee with a score of 48 earned a bronze medal
  • Joy Zheng with a score of 48 earned a bronze medal
  • Jenny Jin with a score of 39 earned a bronze medal

MAA Director of Competitions Steve Dunbar said, "We are very pleased that each one of our team members will bring home a medal. This shows that our talented young women do very well in international mathematical competitions."

To get ready for the contest in China, which has been held annually since 2002, the young women spent three weeks at the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, which helped them develop their problem-solving skills. The preparation also helped boost their confidence for participation in an international competition.

The teams then traveled to Zhongshan, in Guangdong Province near Hong Kong, where they got to explore Hong Kong and Shanghai before the competition began.

Coaches for the team were Zuming Feng of Phillips Exeter Academy and director of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program since 2003; Alison Miller, a member of the 2004 U.S. IMO team; and MIT student Maria Monks.

Other sponsors of the U.S. teams are Intel; Akamai Foundation; Mathematical Sciences Research Institute; Shiing-Shen Chern Foundation for Mathematical Research; and Sunlin and Priscilla Chou Foundation.

News Date: 
Wednesday, August 20, 2008