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2019 US International Mathematical Olympiad team members from left: Edward Wan, Daniel Zhu, Brandon Wang, Colin Shanmo Tang, Luke Robitaille, Vincent Huang. Photo courtesy Mathematical Association of America 2019 US International Mathematical Olympiad team members from left: Edward Wan, Daniel Zhu, Brandon Wang, Colin Shanmo Tang, Luke Robitaille, Vincent Huang. Photo courtesy Mathematical Association of America

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USA Place First at 60th Mathematical Olympiad in Bath, England

The US came joint first with China, at the event held in Bath for top math students

Published on July 24, 2019

A team of math students from the US placed joint first with China in this year's 60th International Mathematical Olympiad, which took place in Bath, England, between July 11 and 22.

As well as coming joint top of the table, the six members of the US team, Vincent Huang, Luke Robitaille, Colin Tang, Edward Wan, Brandon Wang, and Daniel Zhu, also won Gold Medals for their individual high scores.

The International Mathematical Olympiad, an annual competition for high school math students, sees teams from more than 110 countries and territories come together to compete - this year's Olympiad saw 643 students taking part. The US Team has recently placed first at the event in 2015, 2016 and 2018, making this year's success a continuation of a strong showing from American mathematicians.

Michael Pearson, executive director of the Mathematical Association of America, the organization which arranges qualifiers for American students to participate in the US team, said "The Mathematical Association of America is proud to congratulate the students who competed in the International Mathematical Olympiad for the United States of America on their first place finish in the challenging math competition ... As the United States prepares to host the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2021 in Washington, DC, we look forward to welcoming young math students from all over the world. The United Kingdom set a great example of how to host a fantastic International Mathematical Olympiad with hospitality, local flavor, and fun for students."

During the US team's time in the UK, they were accompanied by leader Po-Shen Loh, associate professor of mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University, and deputy leader Yang Liu, graduate student at Stanford University. Loh, who also lead the US teams that were victorious in 2015, 2016 and 2018, said "These high school students become more and more impressive each year, often already coming with knowledge that I myself only encountered in graduate school. It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as a guide as they learn how to turn their skills into impact."

Congratulations to Team USA on their collective and individual triumphs in the UK!

You can find out more about the Mathematical Association of America at www.maa.org, and keep an eye on The International Mathematical Olympiad website ahead of the 62nd running of the competition in 2021, which will be hosted in Washington DC.

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