Going to the Olympics with dozens of top athletes representing the University of Florida Gators is second nature to the college as they continue to produce the best super sports people in so many sports. Like so many times before, Gator’s students and alumni remain thirsty for competitive teeth as the Olympics rolled into Tokyo.
This year, 32 athletes representing eight sports, including baseball, basketball, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and track and field, came to Tokyo with the idea of winning. But, of course, world travel is nothing new to some, with seven Gators as repeat Olympians and three contenders for the third trip. And if that’s not impressive enough, three Gators who have competed this year already have Olympic medals.
Without further ado, below are the Gators who have once again made the University of Florida unforgettable in the world of high performance athletes, and the Greater Guide to Gainesville is honored to consider them part of the community. .
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Doneisha Anderson, 20, has been attending UF since 2019. Anderson, who competed in the women’s 4x400m relay for the Bahamas, is studying sports management and aspiring to be a coach.
Cameron Lloydricia, 25, was a UF student from 2015 to 2018. Lloydricia, who finished 12e in her shot put qualifying streak while competing for Jamaica, was born in Miami as a first generation Jamaican into her family to live in the United States.
Yanis David, 23, was a UF student from 2016-2019. David, who finished 11e in her long jump qualifying race while competing for France, also received the 2019 Honda Sport Award for Track and Field as the top female collegiate athletics competitor for the sport in the United States
Natalie Hinds, 27, was a UF student from 2012-2016. Hinds, who won a bronze medal on the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team for the United States, started her own business Loominary Design, a customs upholstery store, in 2020.
Genevieve Lacaze Gregson, 32, was a UF student from 2009-2012. Gregson, who tragically suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase final, made her Olympic debut at the Games. London 2012, when she finished 9e in the heat of 3000m.
Adriana Leon, 28, was a UF student in 2012. Leon, who played in every game and scored the team’s only goal in a 1-1 draw with Great Britain helping Canada to win its first-ever gold in women’s soccer, was also Toronto Aero Midget from 2007 to 2009 as an accomplished club hockey player before becoming Gator.
Taylor Manson, 21, was a 2018-2012 UF student. Manson, who won a bronze medal in the United States mixed 4x400m relay, is nicknamed “Spider” for his long arms and legs, and has been racing since the age of seven.
Cory McGee, 29, was a UF student from 2011 to 2014. McGee, who finished 12e in the women’s 1500m, decided after accompanying her father as an FBI security guard to the 2004 Athens Olympics, that she too wanted to go for the gold medal.
Michelle Moultrie, 31, was a UF student from 2008-2012. Moultrie, who played in the field in all six games of the US silver medalist softball team, was the female athlete in the year 2017 in the United States.
Aubree Munro, 27, was a UF student from 2012 to 2016, Munro, who was the starting receiver for the US silver medal softball team and led the team to strikeouts with 51, tied for the 2018 Women’s World Softball Championship final in Japan for the United States.
Deanne Rose, 22, was a UF student from 2017 to 2021. Rose, who played every game for the gold medalist Canadian women’s soccer team, had an ambition, which was to become one of the best female soccer players in the world at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and she did.
Kelsey Stuart, 26, was a UF student from 2012 to 2016. Stuart, who hit the tournament’s only home run for the Americans on their way to a silver medal in softball, would pick Will Smith as a mentor, loves the Honeycomb Cereal and calls a “league apart” his favorite movie.
Marife Torres, 26, was a student at UF from 2013-2016. Torres, who finished 48e in the women’s individual golf tournament while representing Puerto Rico, was the 2016 Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Year.
Marija Vucenovic, 28, was a student at UF from 2013 to 2017. Vucenovic, who finished 9e in the women’s javelin throwing qualifying round for Serbia, left Serbia for the United States to attend school and play her favorite sport, a luxury not available in her homeland.
Leanne Wong, 18, is a new UF student. Wong, who was a replacement for the US gymnastics team, enjoys roller coasters, the piano, cooking, and sightseeing.
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Amro Al-Wir, 20, has been a UF student since 2020. Al-Wir, who has competed in the 100m and 200m breaststroke while representing Jordan, studies physics and speaks Arabic while humbly admitting that his Olympian talent was discovered during a swim camp.
Andres Arroyo, 26, attended UF from 2014 to 2017. Arroyo, who finished 7the in his qualifying streak while representing Puerto Rice in the 800m, began his athletic career as a baseball player, engaging in track and field to improve his run, which made him a two-time Olympian, including including the Rio 2016 games.
Bradley Beal, 28, attended UF from 2011 to 2012. Beal, who was replaced on the gold medal-winning basketball team due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, was the 2011 Gatorade National Basketball Player of the Year.
Will Claye, 30, was a UF student from 2010-2011. Claye, who finished fourth in the triple jump with a season best jump of 17.44 meters, sat down with Snoop Dog and Kevin Hart before the games to talk about life and sports.
Marquis Dendy, 28, was a student at UF from 2012 to 2015. Dendy, who finished 10e in the long jump qualifying round, was the first Gator to win the Bowerman, a track and field honor comparable to college football’s Heisman Trophy.
Caeleb Dressel, 24, was a UF student from 2014 to 2018. Dressel, who set a world record in the 100m butterfly final and three Olympic records en route to five gold medals, has been named Best Male Athlete of the Year by the International Swimming Federation in 2017 and 2019, when he also started his own podcast with his roommate.
Joseph Fahnbulleh, 19, has been a UF student since 2020. Fahnbulleh, who set a national record for Liberia in the 200m final, admits he gets his speed from his mother and his long legs from his father.
Bobby Finke, 21, has been a UF student since 2018. Finke, who won a pair of gold by winning both the 800m and 1,500m freestyle, comes from a family of swimmers, with his mother competed in college and her father a sports trainer.
Bret Frasier, 31, was a student at UF from 2007 to 2011. Frasier, who finished 3rd in his 50m freestyle qualifying heat while representing the Cayman Islands, calls Lebron James his favorite basketball player and runs a Cayman Islands real estate company.
Eric Friese, 22, has been a UF student since 2019. Friese, who swam in the German 4x100m freestyle relay, played football until he entered high school, when he decided to focus only on swimming, an activity he enjoyed with his grandfather as a child.
Grant Holloway, 23, was a UF student from 2017 to 2019. Holloway, who won silver in the 110m hurdles, was a four-star catcher in high school before turning to track and field, where he is. twice nominated for the Bowerman Award, the nation’s highest academic honor for runners.
Mark Kolozsvary, 25, was a UF student from 2015 to 2017. Kolozsvary, who was the starting catcher in every game of the silver-medalist US men’s baseball team, was a seventh-round pick for the Reds of Cincinnati in the 2017 MLB Draft.
Eddie Lovett, 29, was a UF student from 2011 to 2013. Lovett, who finished 7e while representing the Virgin Islands in his qualifying round of the 110m hurdles, believes that you are the sum of what you do over and over for which success is only the end result.
Enzo Martinez-Scarpe, 27, was a student at UF from 2013 to 2018. Martinez-Scarpe, who finished 4e In his 50-m freestyle qualifier for Uruguay, he was diagnosed with asthma at age six, when doctors recommended he start swimming to relieve his breathing problems.
Alfonso Mestre, 19, has been a UF student since 2019. Mestre, who competed in the 400m and 800m freestyle events while representing Venezuela, comes from a family of swimmers his father represented Venezuela at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 and in Los Angeles in 1984.
Hakim Sani Brown, 22, was a 2018-19 UF student. Sani Brown, who finished 6e in his 200m qualifying series while representing the host country, received the Award of Excellence from the Japan Association of Athletics Federations in 2017 and 2019.
Kieran Smith, 21, has been a UF student since 2018. Smith, who won a bronze in the 400m freestyle among his three events, was named Connecticut High School Coaches Association swimmer of the year. in 2016 and 2017.
Written by Angela Underwood