U.S. Wins Math Olympiad – First Since 1994

In a grueling competition, held over the course of 12 days, that concluded last week, a team of top American math students defeated rivals from more than 100 countries at the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Held in Chiang Mai, Thailand competing teams had to work on three math problems each. That may not sound like much, but: “If you can even solve one question, you’re a bit of a genius,” Carnegie Mellon University professor and U.S. head coach Po-Shen Loh told NPR. Loh said the Olympiad results were proof that top Americans can hold their own with representatives from other countries, despite rising alarm in recent years over perceived decreases in the quality of American math education.

Listen to the NPR Interview with Dr. Po-Shen Loh here: USA Math Olympia

Congratulations Team USA!