Meet Mike Fincke

Mike FinckeBefore NASA Astronaut Edward Michael "Mike" Fincke flew on the final spaceflight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, he was a student at El Camino College. When Astronaut Fincke was stationed at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in the early 1990s, he decided to enroll in geology classes at El Camino College. He found that he could work his studies around his schedule at the base and even found time to take courses in Japanese. He earned an associate degree in earth sciences (geology) in 1993. An enthusiastic supporter of El Camino College – and education in general – Fincke was impressed with the academic programs and professors ECC had to offer. Fincke was a mission specialist on Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final spaceflight from May 16 to June 1, 2011. Astronaut Fincke is one of five El Camino College alumni honored at the 2012 El Camino College Distinguished Alumni Awards. To read more about Mike Finke, and the other 2012 Distinguished Alumni honorees, click here.

El Camino College Olympians

1948 Olympics – London
Track and Field
George Stanich High Jump Won a Bronze Medal

1952 Olympics – Helsinki

Water Polo
Urho Saari Head Coach
Bill Dornblazer Player
Jim Norris Player
Harry Bisby Player
Bob Hughes Player

1964 Olympics – Tokyo

Keith Erickson Player

1984 Olympics – Los Angeles

Flora “Flo” Hyman Player Won a Silver Medal

1992 Olympics – Barcelona

Track and Field
Myra Mayberry 100 and 400 meters Representing Puerto Rico.

1996 Olympics – Atlanta

Track and Field
Sharette Garcia 800 meters Representing Belize
Myra Mayberry 100 and 200 meters Representing Puerto Rico.

Sprint Kayaking
Cliff Meidel Team Member

2000 Olympics – Sydney

Sprint Kayaking

Cliff Meidel Team Member and Team USA Flag Bearer