DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – August 6, 2012
DeVry University congratulates Olympic athlete and DeVry University student Peter Vanderkaay on his third-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle men’s swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Vanderkaay is currently working toward a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.
This is Vanderkaay’s fourth Olympic medal. In 2004 he took home a gold medal as part of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team that included Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Klete Keller. His second gold came at the 2008 games in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, which also set a new world record. Vanderkaay also secured his first individual medal – a bronze – in the 200-meter freestyle in Beijing.
When he's not in the pool, Vanderkaay is preparing for life after the Olympic Games. “When my swimming career is finished, I plan on pursuing my business aspirations,” he explains. “Team USA’s partnership with DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management affords me the opportunity to move toward my future professional career goals while I continue competing.”
In November 2011, DeVry partnered with the U.S. Olympic Committee to become an official education provider of the USOC and Team USA. Through this partnership, DeVry University provides educational options at the undergraduate and graduate level to current and former athletes with the flexibility to accommodate students during their athletic training and competition schedule.
“We are proud to congratulate Peter Vanderkaay on his hard-earned Olympic achievements toward inspiring all Team USA fans,” said David J. Pauldine, president of DeVry University. “We are equally honored to be a part of preparing Peter for success in his professional career following his impressive Olympic career.”
About the USOC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the U.S. Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org. TeamUSA.org.