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Ten different former Illinois State student-athletes have represented their countries and their alma mater as participants in the Olympic Games. The Redbirds have been represented at the Olympic Games a total of 11 times, with former track and field athlete Tidye Ann Picket-Phillips being the first Redbird Olympian, when she competed in the low hurdles of the XI Olympiad in Berlin in 1936.

Illinois State's most recent Olympian was Kevin Bracken, a 1995 graduate, who competed in wrestling at the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney in 2000.

2004 Athens
Softball Tina Kramos*
2000 Australia
Wrestling Kevin Bracken
1984 Los Angeles
Women's Basketball Cathy Boswell
1976 Montreal
Women's Basketball Charlotte Lewis
Track and Field Adeola Aboyade-Cole, 110-meter hurdles
  Bruce Ijirigho, 400-meter dash
1972 Munich
Men's Basketball Doug Collins
Track and Field Adeola Aboyade-Cole, 110-meter hurdles
  George Daniels, 100 meter dash
  Bruce Ijirigho, 400-meter dash
1936 Berlin
Track and Field Tidye Ann Picket-Phillips, Low Hurdles
*Olympian was a Illinois State coach during competition.