London 2012 Olympics: Introducing Your Florida Athletes
See also "Six South Florida Athletes To Keep Tabs On During the Games" and "London 2012 Olympics: South Florida Athletes (Photos)"
Something called "the Olympic Spirit" is in the air, and suddenly, we're suppose to care about equestrian sports and whether or not China is sending 10-year-olds to destroy capitalism whilst competing against Team USA in women's gymnastics. So why should you care?
Well, if you have any state pride, 31 athletes from Florida (by Team USA's standards) will be competing for the gold. This includes previous gold-medal winners Ryan Lochte, Venus and Serena Williams, and Anna Tunnicliffe, whose name you probable don't recognize, but trust us she sailed her way to gold in Beijing.
There are also plenty of newcomers, including America's hope for gold in men's gymnastics, Danell Leyva, and triathlete Manuel Huerta.
Well, in case you want to bask by proxy in Floridian athletes glory, here is the full list of compitetors from the state as provide by Team USA.
It oddly enough categorizes Fort Lauderdale's Sanya Richards-Ross as coming from Texas, and, more understandably, LeBron James representing Ohio.
If you're more of visual learner, check out our complete slide show of all of the South Floridians competing for Olympic gold.
- Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation), Volleyball
- Laura Bennett (North Palm Beach), Triathlon
- Bob Bryan (Wesley Chapel), Tennis
- Mike Bryan (Wesley Chapel), Tennis
- Chris Colwill (Brandon), Diving
- Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach), Volleyball
- Brian Fatih (Miami), Sailing
- Sylvia Fowles (Miami), Basketball
- Jared Frayer (Clearwater), Wrestling
- Justin Gatlin (Pensacola), Athletics
- Ryan Harrison (Bradenton), Tennis
- Manuel Huerta (Miami), Triathlon
- John Isner (Tampa), Tennis
- Lacy Janson (Sarasota), Athletics
- Hunter Kemper (Longwood), Triathlon
- Tina Konyot (Palm City), Equestrian
- Danell Leyva (Homestead), Gymnastics
- Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale), Sailing
- Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach), Swimming
- Tony McQuay (West Palm Beach), Athletics
- Mark Mendelblatt (Miami), Sailing
- Emil Milev (Tampa), Shooting
- Trevor Moore (Naples), Sailing
- Karen O'Connor (Ocala), Equestrian
- Robin Prendes (Miami), Rowing
- Paige Railey (Clearwater), Sailing
- Zach Railey (Clearwater), Sailing
- Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation), Sailing
- Brittany Viola (Orlando), Diving
- Serena Williams (Palm Beach Gardens), Tennis
- Venus Williams (Coral Gables), Tennis
The opening ceremony -- which will apparently includes Mary Poppins in a death-battle with Voldemort -- kicks off today at 9 p.m. London time (4 p.m. EST), but NBC 6 (WTVJ) will be airing the event on tape delay at 7:30 p.m.
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