Olympic Athletes from the Tampa Bay area

If you’re like me you’re probaly wondering, “who should I root for during the 2012 Olympics in London? ” Sure, you can cheer for all of the USA  teams as a whole, but what about individuals in the Olympics? Here’s a list of athletes who are from the Tampa Bay area. Perhaps you know someone from this list?

ChrisColwillChris Colwill

Chris was born and raised in Brandon, Fl. Yes, he’s a local celebrity here, and we hope he takes home a medal. If he doesn’t, then at least he can say he went to the Olympics and we will always be proud of the fact that one of us Tampa Bayers competed in it.


Born: Brandon, Fl

Team: USA

Sport: Diving – Men’s 3m Springboard

Education: Communications – University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/colwill-chris-1135630/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Colwill-Team-USA-Diver/206254569390455

Jared FrayerJared Frayer

We’re including Jared in this list because he went to HighSchool in Clearwater, Fl.

Born: Miami, Fl

Team: USA

Sport: Wrestling – Men’s 66kg Freestyle


Education: Education, Sociology – University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/frayer-jared-1235719/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jared.frayer

RaceImodenRace Imboden

Although he currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, we’re including Race in this list because he was born in Tampa. With a name like Race, you would think he’ll be running with the runners during the Olympics, right? Think again! He’s going to be competing in Fencing. However, he has competed in BMX races in the past.

Born: Tampa, Fl

Team: USA

Sport: Fencing – Men’s Individual Foil , Men’s Team Foil

Education: Business – University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA

London 2012 Page:http://www.london2012.com/athlete/imboden-race-1132102/

Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Race-Imboden-Mens-Foil/192423840825199

JohnIsnerJohn Isner

John lives in Tampa, Florida and is currently the highest ranked male American tennis player.

Born: Greensboro, North Carolina

Team: USA

Sport: Tennis – Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles

Education: University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/isner-john-1132236/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JohnIsner

Mark MendelblattMark Mendelblatt

Mark was born in Saint Petersburg, Fl and he owns The St. Petersburg Yacht Club

Born: Saint Petersburg, Fl

Team: USA

Sport: Sailing – Men’s Star

Education: Psychology – Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA

London 2012 Page:http://www.london2012.com/athlete/mendelblatt-mark-1124697/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Mendelblatt/240898795943643

EmilMilveEmil Milev

Emil isn’t new to the sport of pistol shooting, but it will be his first time shooting for the USA team. Emil is currently living in the Temple Terrace area.

Born: Sofia, Bulgaria

Team: USA

Sport: Shooting – Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/milev-emil-1131296/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/milev.emil

Paige RaileyPaige Railey

She was born in Clearwater, Fl and went to school at USF for Business Management, maybe you two attended classes together?

Born: Clearwater, Fl

Team: USA

Sport: Sailing – Women’s Laser Radial

Education: Business – University of South Florida, FL, USA

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/railey-paige-1131475/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/paigesailor

Zack RaileyZack Railey

Zack is Paige Railey’s older brother and is also a sailer from the Tampa Bay area.

Born: Saint Petersburg, Fl

Team: USA

Sport: Sailing – Men’s Finn

Education:Sports Management, Business – University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/railey-zach-1130391/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/zachrailey

Heather WatsonHeather Watson

Yes, we know, she’s going to play for Great Britain’s Olympic Tennis Team, but we’re including in her in this list because she currently lives in Bradenton, Fl. She will play with 7 other players, which include Adam Murray and Andy Murray ( Yes the guy who cried after losing in Wimbledon, I mean who wouldn’t?). Maybe you’ll bump into here when you’re on Bradenton Beach someday.

Born: Great Britain

Team: Great Britain

Sport: Tennis – Women’s Singles , Women’s Doubles

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/watson-heather-1078940/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/heatherwatsontennis

Honorable Mentions

Andre SaAndre Sa

Although he was born in Brazil, Andre played guard on Florida’s Bradenton Academy Basketball team for 3 years.

Born: Brazil

Team: Brazil

Sport: Tennis – Men’s Doubles

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/sa-andre-1078230/

Murray Wright

He’s from Tampa and we’re mentioning him here because he carried the Olympic torch on June 14, 2012. I would recommend reading his story in the below link. It explains why he was given the pleasure of carrying the Olympic torch.

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/torchbearers/torchbearers=murray-wright-6179/index.html

Outside of Tampa

Yes, we know this article was suppose to be dedicated to athletes who are from the Tampa Bay area… but the below athletes went to schools like UF and FSU. We recognize the fact many people in the Tampa Bay area like these schools and/or attended one of these schools in their lifetime. So maybe you met one of these athletes in on this list?

Hrafnhildur LuthersdottirHrafnhildur Luthersdottir

Hrafnhildur was born in Iceland but went to school at UF.

Born: Reykjavik, Iceland

Team: Iceland

Sport: Swimming – Women’s 200m Breaststroke, Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay

Education: Criminology – University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/luthersdottir-hrafnhildur-1128449/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hrafnhildur-L%C3%BAthersd%C3%B3ttir/212577132098167

Heather MittsHeather Mitts

Heather went to school for Advertising at UF. She was also voted ESPN’s sexiest female athlete in 2004.

Born: Cincinnati, OH.

Team: USA

Sport: Soccer – Women’s Soccer

Education: Advertising – University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/mitts-heather-1130448/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/heathermitts

Gonzalo BarroilhetGonzalo Barroilhet

Born: Santiago, Chile.

Team: Chile

Sport: Men’s Decathlon

Education:Management – Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/barroilhet-gonzalo-1065905/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GonzaloBarroilhet

Z Steward

Born: Camden, Great Britain

Team: Great Britain

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Education: Sociology – University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/stewart-z-1079218/

Lacy JansonLacy Janson

Born: Norfolk, Virginia.

Team: USA

Sport: Women’s Pole Vault

Education: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/janson-lacy-1130638/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lacy-Janson/189368227772424?sk=info

Marco LoughranMarco Loughran

Born: Wimbledon , Great Britain

Team: Great Britian

Sport: Swimming – Men’s 200 M Back Stroke

Education: Engineering – University of Florida, Florida, ARG

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/loughran-marco-1098551/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marco-Loughran/107960269232889

Allan Gutierrez CastroAllan Gutierrez Castro

Born: San Pedro Sulo, Honduras

Team: Honduras

Sport: Swimming – Men’s 400 M Freestyle

Education:Engineering – University of Florida, Florida, ARG

London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/gutierrez-castro-allan-1083587/

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