Department of Mathematics & Statistics
International Mathematical Olympiad 2014
The 2014 International Mathematical Olympiad was held between July 6 and July 13 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. 101 countries took part in this event, each sending a team of 6 high school students. The contest consisted of 6 problems to be solved during two consecutive days. Each day 3 problems were administered and had to be solved during a 4-1/2 hour interval. Each solution recieved a score between 0 and 7.
The United States achieved excellent results, ranking second among the 101 countries. The top 10 ...
- 1. China
- 2. USA
- 3. Taiwan
- 4. Russia
- 5. Japan
- 6. Ukraine
- 7. South Korea
- 8. Singapore
- 9. Canada
- 10. Vietnam
As the regulations state, half of the students are awarded medals, and the ratio between gold:silver:bronze is 1:2:3. Of the US team:
- James Tao
- Mark Sellke
- Allen Liu
- Yang Liu, and
- Sammy Luo
... took gold medals, while ...
- Joshua Brakensiek (not pictured below)
... took silver (one point short of gold).
The team was accompanied to South Africa by the Team Leader Po-Shen Loh from Carnegie Mellon University, Deputy Leader Razvan Gelca from Texas Tech University, and observer John Berman, who is a PhD student at University of Virginia. The Leader was involved in the selection of the problems, and the Leader, Deputy Leader and observer were involved in the grading. Po-Shen Loh and Razvan Gelca, along with other 12 coaches and 10 graders, trained the team for one month during the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program on the campus of University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 45 other students participated in this program. These students were chosen based on their performance on the USA Mathematical Olympiad. The team was selected based on the USA Mathematical Olympiad, as well as Team Selection Tests administered throughout the year.
Notable is that due to dual citizenship, Canada's Alex Song (gold medal, with 4 golds and 1 bronze Song is the 4th highest ranking individual in the history of the International Mathematical Olympiad), Kevin Sun (gold medal), and Alex Whatley (bronze medal) trained with the US team in Lincoln Nebraska. Also, due to dual citizenship, Taiwan's Evan Chen (gold medal) is one of the 12 winners of this year's USA Mathematical Olympiad.
Left to Right -- Razvan Gelca, Yang Liu, Sammy Luo, Allen Liu, Mark Sellke, James Tao, Po-Shen Loh, and John Berman