List of University of Florida Olympians

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Florida Gators in the Olympic Games

This List of University of Florida Olympians includes over 150 students and alumni of the University of Florida who have competed or coached in the Olympic Games, as well as current or former Florida Gators coaches who have coached in the Olympics. [1] The list includes such notable athletes as swimmer Tracy Caulkins, a three-time gold medalist, swimmer Ryan Lochte, a five-time gold medalist and winner of eleven medals, and distance runner Frank Shorter, a graduate of the College of Law and the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon. [1] [2]

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Swimmer Catie Ball was the first University of Florida alumna to win an Olympic medal, but she did so while she was still a high school student and before she enrolled in the university. [2] Ball was a gold medalist in the 200-meter butterfly who later became the first head coach of the Florida Gators women's swimming and diving team while she was still a university undergraduate. [2] Swimmer Tim McKee was the first University of Florida alumnus to win an Olympic medal while he was still an undergraduate and a current member of a Florida Gators varsity sports team. [2] McKee won silver medals in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley events. [2]

To date, the most successful Gator Olympian is Dara Torres, a twelve-time medalist and the first American swimmer to ever compete in five Olympics. [1]

Baseball

Dara Torres
Ryan Lochte
Bernard Williams
Lisa Raymond
Abby Wambach
Kerron Clement
Frank Shorter
Brad Wilkerson
Novlene Williams
Jill Craybas
Matt LaPorta
DeLisha Milton-Jones

Basketball

Beach volleyball

Bobsled

Cycling

Diving

Gymnastics

Handball

Judo

Soccer

Swimming

Tennis

Track and field

Coaches

Eddie Reese

Swimming and diving

Track and field

See also

References

  1. 1 2 3 GatorZone.com, Inside Athletics, Olympic History. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Mark Harrison, "Gators find gold in past Olympic games," The Gainesville Sun, p. 1C (February 17, 1984). Retrieved February 27, 2015.