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The 1981 USA International Mathematical Olympiad Team: Where Are They Now?

The first time the USA hosted the IMO was in 1981, when the competition was also held in Washington, D.C. The U.S. team that year consisted of Noam Elkies, Benji Fisher, Brian Hunt, Gregg Patruno, Jeremy Primer, James Roche, Richard Stong, and David Yuen. (This was the last year that a team could contain a maximum of eight members.) Between these eight students, four gold medals, three silver medals, and one bronze medal were earned by the U.S. team. All were attending the Olympiad for the first time; Elkies and Hunt would return in 1982. Where are these competitors now?

Noam Elkies, who tied for first place on the team and won a gold medal, went on to become a three-time winner in the William Lowell Putnam Competition (1982, 1983, 1984). He is now a professor of mathematics at Harvard University.

Benji Fisher also won the Putnam Competition in 1984. He is now a mathematics professor at Boston College.

Brian Hunt won the Putnam Competition in 1982. He is now a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Gregg Patruno, who tied for first place and won a gold medal, won the Putnam Competition in 1983 and is a Vice President in the Fixed Income Division of Goldman Sachs.

Richard Stong won the Putnam Competition in 1984 and is now a professor of mathematics at Rice University.

David Yuen is a professor of mathematics at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois.