USA TEAM Ranks First at IOI 2010


AUGUST 23, 2010

Contact:  Rob Kolstad -- 719-481-6542

USA Wins World High School Programming Championships
-- Snaps Extended China Winning Streak

The USA Computing Olympiad announced that this year's four-member
USA elite high school programming team nabbed the top team spot at
the world programming championships (the International Olympiad on
Informatics) whose results were announced August 20 at the University
of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

The USA programmers earned three of the top 13 spots among the 300
competitors from 83 countries vying for medals. USA Gold medal
winners included: #4 Wenyu Cao who will be a senior at Phillips
Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in the fall; #5 Michael Cohen
from Montgomery Blair, a magnet high school in Silver Spring,
Maryland who will be attending MIT this fall; and #13 Neal Wu, from
Baton Rouge Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who will
be attending Harvard in the Fall. Brian Hamrick from Thomas Jefferson
High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia
earned a silver medal for 44th place; he will be attending MIT in
the fall.

China, Japan, and Russia tied for second place with two golds and
two silvers; with Bulgaria and the Czech Republic tying for fifth.
Germany was seventh.

Head coach Dr. Rob Kolstad praised the team: "Our team trained for
hundreds of hours over the last couple years; some members competed
in three dozen contests last year. They've done a terrific job
transferring that training into competitive success."

Educational Director Dr. Brian Dean noted, "This victory demonstrates
that USA pre-college students can excel and win in tough international
competitions where the Chinese have dominated for almost a decade."

USACO's mission to promote pre-college computing and recognize
outstanding competitors is supported by: USENIX, the Advanced
Computing Systems Association; Booz Allen Hamilton, the Strategy
and Technology Consulting Firm; IBM, International Business Machines;
and ita Software, Innovative Travel Technology.

IOI 2010 sported new sorts of innovative tasks that rewarded
exceptional levels of problem-solving creativity -- just the thing
USA students excel at.

From left: Michael Cohen, Wenyu Cao, Brian Hamrick, and Neal Wu

Taken on stage after the medals were presented...

Team photo with coaches:
From left: Dr. Rob Kolstad, Michael Cohen, Wenyu Cao, Brian
Hamrick, Neal Wu, and Dr. Brian Dean


Brian Hamrick

Neal Wu

Michael Cohen

Wenyu Cao