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?
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
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/
We’re including Jared in this list because he went to HighSchool in Clearwater, Fl.
Born: Miami, Fl
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
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
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/
John lives in Tampa, Florida and is currently the highest ranked male American tennis player.
Born: Greensboro, North Carolina
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 was born in Saint Petersburg, Fl and he owns The St. Petersburg Yacht Club
Born: Saint Petersburg, Fl
Sport: Sailing – Men’s Star
Education: Psychology – Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA
London 2012 Page:http://www.london2012.com/athlete/mendelblatt-mark-1124697/
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
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
She was born in Clearwater, Fl and went to school at USF for Business Management, maybe you two attended classes together?
Born: Clearwater, Fl
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 is Paige Railey’s older brother and is also a sailer from the Tampa Bay area.
Born: Saint Petersburg, Fl
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
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
Although he was born in Brazil, Andre played guard on Florida’s Bradenton Academy Basketball team for 3 years.
Sport: Tennis – Men’s Doubles
London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/sa-andre-1078230/
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.
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 was born in Iceland but went to school at UF.
Born: Reykjavik, 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/
Heather went to school for Advertising at UF. She was also voted ESPN’s sexiest female athlete in 2004.
Born: Cincinnati, OH.
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
Born: Santiago, 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
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/
Born: Norfolk, Virginia.
Sport: Women’s Pole Vault
Education: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
London 2012 Page: http://www.london2012.com/athlete/janson-lacy-1130638/
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/
Born: San Pedro Sulo, 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/