|by Don Piele, USA
By Sunday evening, August 18, 2002, the US delegation had all arrived safely in Korea and were bussed to Kyung Hee University site of IOI 2002. The weather was a slow drizzle but we were too tired to care since it was very late and almost impossible not to doze off on the bus ride. Some in our group had been traveling for twenty two hours. Our delegation consisted of thirteen members.
|KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Wanyeong JUNG||1||GOLD|
|UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Tiankai LIU||4||GOLD|
|KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Kyung Yoon OH||6||GOLD|
|RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Petr MITRITCHEV||7||GOLD|
|CHINESE TAIPEI||Yin WANG||8||GOLD|
|ROMANIA||Daniel Octavian DUMITRAN||9||GOLD|
|RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Petr KALININ||11||GOLD|
|KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Hyung-Sul KIM||19||GOLD|
|CZECH REPUBLIC||Josef CIBULKA||20||GOLD|
|VIET NAM||Khai TRAN QUANG||23||GOLD|
|UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Jacob BURNIM||24||SILVER|
|RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Dmitri PAVLOV||25||SILVER|
|VIET NAM||Hieu NGUYEN VAN||31||SILVER|
|ROMANIA||Marius Victor COSTAN||33||SILVER|
|UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Adam D'ANGELO||35||SILVER|
|CUBA||Ronny LÓPEZ TRUJILLO||36||SILVER|
|CHINESE TAIPEI||Cheng-Yu LEE||49||SILVER|
|RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Pavel MAVRIN||50||SILVER|
|UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Alex SCHWENDNER||51||SILVER|
|TURKEY||Semsi Cihan YUCEL||57||SILVER|
|IRAN||Hamed AHMADI NEJAD||58||SILVER|
|CHINESE TAIPEI||Shu-Chun WENG||59||SILVER|
|SINGAPORE||Heng Ping Christopher MOH||63||SILVER|
|UNITED KINGDOM||Paul JEFFERYS||68||SILVER|
|SOUTH AFRICA||David Jacques CONRADIE||76||BRONZE|
|KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Heon JEONG||78||BRONZE|
|MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF||Dumitru CIUBATII||83||BRONZE|
|UNITED KINGDOM||Nicholas KREMPEL||85||BRONZE|
|BRAZIL||Rafael TEIXEIRA PAULINO||87||BRONZE|
|ARGENTINA||Pablo DAL LAGO||90||BRONZE|
|VIET NAM||Nhat LAM XUAN||93||BRONZE|
|SRI LANKA||Chethiya ABEYSINGHE||97||BRONZE|
|CUBA||José David RODRÍGUEZ VELAZCO||99||BRONZE|
|CHINESE TAIPEI||Tsung-Chieh CHANG||105||BRONZE|
|BRAZIL||Daniel BUENO DONADON||108||BRONZE|
|HONG KONG, CHINA||Man-Hon CHAN||109||BRONZE|
|HONG KONG, CHINA||Siu-On CHAN||112||BRONZE|
|ARGENTINA||Diego Alejandro GAVINOWICH||115||BRONZE|
|UNITED KINGDOM||Adam BULL||117||BRONZE|
|TURKEY||Mustafa Onur KILAVUZ||118||BRONZE|
|CZECH REPUBLIC||Pavel CIZEK||119||BRONZE|
|SOUTH AFRICA||Heinrich DU TOIT||122||BRONZE|
|SRI LANKA||Nayana P.SOMARATNA||123||BRONZE|
|HONG KONG, CHINA||Koon-Ho WONG||124||BRONZE|
|MEXICO||Jorge DEL RIO||132||BRONZE|
|MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF||Constantin JUCOVSCHI||135||BRONZE|
|MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF||Dumitru CODREANU||136||BRONZE|
Tiankai Liu a sophomore from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, captured a gold medal. The other three members of the US team won silver medals: high school seniors Adam D’Angelo also from Phillips Exeter Academy, and Jacob Burnim, from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD, along with Alex Schwendner, a home schooled freshman from Austin, Texas.
Burnim, captured the highest silver medal during the competition. Schwendner, a freshman, was the youngest team member from the US ever to receive a silver medal.
I expected we would get medals but didn’t expect 3 silver and one gold. Tiankai had the fourth highest score in the whole contest and this was his first year at IOI.
In addition to his gold medal Liu was awarded the Sens Q prize, newly established by Samsung Electronics for the contestant who solved the problems the most creatively. His solution to the hardest problem was so original it surpassed the judges' solution as well as those of all the other competitors. His ability in mathematics gave him the insight that others missed. He received a Samsung laptop computer as his prize.
Finally, it was time to hand over
the flag from Korea to the United States. Greg Galperin and I went up on
stage to receive the flag from Ha-Jing Kimn. I could not resist the
golden opportunity to take two pictures of the audience from on stage.
It is traditional in Korea to get
a group to smile by asking them to say, kimchi. So I took the Kimchi shot
In the US, and especially in Wisconsin, it is traditional to say "cheese." I took the cheese shot second.
There may not be much difference between a kimchi smile and a cheese smile but there will be a big difference between IOI 2002 and IOI 2003. For starters, our budget will be about 1/5th of the Korean budget of 2.2 million dollars. In Korea, IOI 2002 was a national event supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Korean Information Science Society, the Korean Science and Engineering Foundation, with sponsorships from Samsung, Microsoft, and many other companies. In the United States, the USACO is run by 6 volunteers with no support from the government.
Once the ceremony was over, the
flag was passed from Korea to the United States.
A grand show and farewell banquet awaited the participants in the Rose Garden of Everland. Once again, no expense was spared in putting on an extravagant show with top named performers.
Korea went all out for IOI2002. Their grading system worked flawlessly. They had very good, well prepared problems and everything was well organized. My impression of Korea is a country on the rise. They rank number one in the world in primary and secondary education and they have embraced technology with a passion. They bussed in all 70 finalists in their national informatics competition to see the final awards ceremony and have a holiday at Everland. As a nation they want more young people to study informatics early and they support it. In the years to come I will not be surprised to see "Made in Korea" on our software too.
We spent our final day in Korea near the Inchon airport. We took a ferry across the bay to Wolmido and visited the famous statue of General Douglas MacArthur in Jayu (Freedom) Park. His invasion at Inchon in 1950 turned the tide in the Korean War. The next morning we were up early so we could check in as soon as possible and get the best seats on our Korean Air flight back to the US.
Participation in the IOI 2002 was made possible by USENIX our sponsor for the USACO.