Alison wearing her gold medal and olive wreath
Alison Miller returned from Athens, Greece, with a gold medal from the 45th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).
In helping the team from the United States finish second among the 85 participating countries -- its best medal count and highest placing in a decade -- the homeschooled teen from Niskayuna, NY, became the first ever female gold medal winner for a team from the USA.
Alison credits her participation in the Math Forum's Geometry Problem of the Week service as her first experience with expository writing in mathematics. After mentoring other students in the Geometry PoW, she teamed up with her mother, Mary, to offer an online AP Calculus class for homeschoolers.
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is a mathematical competition for high-school age students from around the world. More than 480 students from 85 countries competed in the 2004 IMO. The IMO awarded 45 gold medals for correctly and elegantly solving 6 extremely challenging mathematical problems in a 9-hour competition administered over two days.
Read more coverage of IMO 2004 on the Mathematical Association of America's page International Mathematical Olympiad Announces Winners.
The US Team: TianKai Liu, Aaron Pixton, Tony Zhang, Alison Miller, Oleg Goldberg, Matt Ince