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Meet the more than 60 Florida athletes that will represent Team USA in summer Olympics

These Olympians hail from the Sunshine State, went to college here or play on one of its pro teams.
Gibbs High grad Trayvon Bromell is heading to the Tokyo Games after winning the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Gibbs High grad Trayvon Bromell is heading to the Tokyo Games after winning the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials. [ CHRIS CARLSON | Associated Press ]
Published Jul. 14
Updated Jul. 17

More than 11,000 athletes are expected to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, which start July 23. Of those who have qualified for Team USA, 62 across 25 sports have ties to Florida.

The following Olympians hail from the Sunshine State, went to college here or play on one of its professional sports teams (and in some cases, two out of three):

Baseball

Eddy Alvarez, Miami Marlins minor-leaguer

The Olympic rings are seen on the knob of the Miami Marlins' Eddy Alvarez's bat as he swings at a pitch last season. Alvarez, having won a silver in speed skating at Sochi in 2014, helped the U.S. reach the Olympic baseball tournament and could become only the third American to win medals at the summer and winter Games.
The Olympic rings are seen on the knob of the Miami Marlins' Eddy Alvarez's bat as he swings at a pitch last season. Alvarez, having won a silver in speed skating at Sochi in 2014, helped the U.S. reach the Olympic baseball tournament and could become only the third American to win medals at the summer and winter Games. [ JULIO CORTEZ | Associated Press ]

The Marlins’ minor-league infielder has been to the Olympics before, but not for baseball. In the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Alvarez was one-fourth of a short-track speedskating squad that won silver in the 5,000-meter relay. He helped USA Baseball secure a bid to Tokyo by beating Venezuela 4-2 in the World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualifier. Alvarez will be the 11th American to participate in both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Triston Casas, from Pembroke Pines

Mark Kolozsvary, from Eustis

Joe Ryan, Tampa Bay Rays prospect

Shane Baz, Tampa Bay Rays prospect

Softball

Michelle Moultrie, went to UF

Team USA's Michelle Moultrie bunts against Liberty University  at the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational Softball Tournament in 2020 in Clearwater.
Team USA's Michelle Moultrie bunts against Liberty University at the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational Softball Tournament in 2020 in Clearwater. [ Times (2020) ]

The left-handed hitter and outfielder joined Team USA in 2011. Softball was left out of both the London and Rio Olympics in 2012 and 2016. But now, 10 years later, the Jacksonville native and UF alumna’s Olympic debut is finally here.

Aubree Munro, went to UF

Kelsey Stewart, went to UF

Men’s Basketball

Bam Adebayo, plays for the Miami Heat

Bam Adebayo, who plays with the Miami Heat professionally, passes the ball during Team USA's exhibition game against Nigeria on July 10,.
Bam Adebayo, who plays with the Miami Heat professionally, passes the ball during Team USA's exhibition game against Nigeria on July 10,. [ DAVID BECKER | Associated Press ]

Adebayo finished his fourth NBA season, all with Miami, in May. In July, he’ll hit the court for his first Olympics. He and the rest his squad look to bring home the United States’ 16th Olympic gold medal in men’s basketball.

Women’s Basketball

Sylvia Fowles, from Miami

Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles is shown during a game against the Atlanta Dream.
Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles is shown during a game against the Atlanta Dream. [ JOHN BAZEMORE | Associated Press ]

The Minnesota Lynx center will travel to Tokyo for her fourth Olympic Games (2008-2020) in hopes of keeping her gold-medal streak alive. The two-time WNBA Finals MVP from Miami is averaging 7.5 defensive rebounds and 2.2 steals per game this season.

Beach Volleyball

Phil Dalhausser, from Ormond Beach

The United States's Phil Dalhausser plays the ball to Poland's Grzegorz Fijalek during the men's bronze medal match at the Beach Volleyball World Tour Major Series in 2019 in Vienna, Austria.
The United States's Phil Dalhausser plays the ball to Poland's Grzegorz Fijalek during the men's bronze medal match at the Beach Volleyball World Tour Major Series in 2019 in Vienna, Austria. [ RONALD ZAK | Associated Press (2019) ]

Dalhausser, born in Switzerland and raised in Ormond Beach, will play in his fourth Olympics this summer. The UCF business graduate won gold in 2008 but has yet to secure a spot on the podium in his last two showings (ninth in 2012, fifth in 2016).

Nick Lucena, from Ft. Lauderdale and went to FSU

Cycling

Lily Williams, from Tallahassee

Kimberly Geist, from left, Christina Birch, Lily Williams and Chloe Dygert celebrate their gold medal win in the track cycling women's team pursuit at the 2019 Pan American Games.
Kimberly Geist, from left, Christina Birch, Lily Williams and Chloe Dygert celebrate their gold medal win in the track cycling women's team pursuit at the 2019 Pan American Games. [ FERNANDO VERGARA | Associated Press (2019) ]

Williams started cycling professionally in 2018 after running cross country at Vanderbilt. She became a world champion in 2020 and qualified for Team USA in June.

Diving

Katrina Young, went to FSU

The United States' Katrina Young performs in the mixed team event diving final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
The United States' Katrina Young performs in the mixed team event diving final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. [ LEE JIN-MAN | Associated Press (2019) ]

Young will compete in her second Olympic games this summer after representing the U.S. in Rio five years ago. She graduated from FSU in 2015 and still trains there.

Jordan Windle, raised in Ft. Lauderdale

Fencing

Race Imboden, born in Tampa

Race Imboden of the U.S. gives a thumbs up during his men's individual foil fencing semifinal match against Chile's Gustavo Alarcon at the 2019 Pan American Games.
Race Imboden of the U.S. gives a thumbs up during his men's individual foil fencing semifinal match against Chile's Gustavo Alarcon at the 2019 Pan American Games. [ REBECCA BLACKWELL | Associated Press (2019) ]

Tokyo will be Imboden’s third straight Olympics. The two-time Grand Prix gold medalist, who grew up in New York and currently lives in Los Angeles, has also served as a runway model for fashion labels such as Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs.

Golf

Jessica and Nelly Korda, from Bradenton

Jessica Korda, right, gets a fist bump from sister Nelly Korda on the 18th green after forcing a playoff against Danielle Kang during the final round of the LPGA Tournament of Champions tournament  in Lake Buena Vista.
Jessica Korda, right, gets a fist bump from sister Nelly Korda on the 18th green after forcing a playoff against Danielle Kang during the final round of the LPGA Tournament of Champions tournament in Lake Buena Vista. [ PHELAN M. EBENHACK | Associated Press ]

Olympic rings run in the Korda family. Siblings Jessica and Nelly will both represent the U.S. in Tokyo this summer, 33 years after their mom, Regina Rajchrtova, represented Czechoslovakia on the tennis court at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Lexi Thompson, from Coral Springs

Judo

Angelica Delgado, from Miami and went to FIU

The United States' Angelica Delgado, in white, competes against Mongolia's Tsolmon Adiyasambuu during the women's 52-kilogram judo competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The United States' Angelica Delgado, in white, competes against Mongolia's Tsolmon Adiyasambuu during the women's 52-kilogram judo competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. [ MARKUS SCHREIBER | Associated Press (2016) ]

Delgado has competed in eight World Championships and will participate in her second Olympic Games this summer. Her father was on the national judo team for Cuba and started teaching her the sport when she was 9 years old.

Karate

Ariel Torres, went to Miami-Dade College

Torres started karate at 6 years old. He was born in Cuba and raised in Hialeah. Tokyo will be his first Olympic Games.

Rowing

Ben Davison, from Inverness

Tom Dethlefs, foreground left, practices with Ben Davison next to Mike Grady and Austin Hack in 2020 in the Oakland Estuary in California.
Tom Dethlefs, foreground left, practices with Ben Davison next to Mike Grady and Austin Hack in 2020 in the Oakland Estuary in California. [ JEFF CHIU | Associated Press (2020) ]

Davison, from Inverness, will compete in the men’s eight event in Tokyo. He was named Pac-12 Men’s Rowing Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2019 and competed in the men’s eight that finished fifth at the World Championships that year.

Clark Dean, from Sarasota

Katelin Guregian, from Orlando

Rugby

Perry Baker, from Daytona Beach

The United States' Perry Baker, left, runs away from South Africa's Muller Du Plessis during the Los Angels Sevens rugby tournament last year in California.
The United States' Perry Baker, left, runs away from South Africa's Muller Du Plessis during the Los Angels Sevens rugby tournament last year in California. [ RINGO H.W. CHIU | Associated Press (2020) ]

Baker started playing rugby in 2013 after a knee injury cut short his football career. He made his first Olympic team three years later; the United States finished ninth in Rio de Janeiro.

Kristen Thomas, went to UCF

Sailing

Paige Railey, from Clearwater

Paige Railey competes in the Laser class for Team USA during the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami sailing event.
Paige Railey competes in the Laser class for Team USA during the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami sailing event. [ LYNNE SLADKY | Associated Press (2019) ]

Tokyo will be Railey’s third Olympic games (2012, 2016, 2021). The USF business management graduate will compete in the one-person dinghy.

Anna Weis, from Ft. Lauderdale

Lara Dallman-Weiss, went to Eckerd College

Luke Muller, from Ft. Pierce

Shooting

Mary Tucker, from Sarasota

The rifle shooter will compete in her first Olympics this summer. A rising junior at the University of Kentucky, Tucker’s previous national and international experience includes two 2021 NCAA titles (10-meter air rifle, three position) and a 2021 New Delhi World Cup win (10-meter air rifle).

Skateboarding

Jake Ilardi, from Osprey

Jake Ilardi of the United States competes in the Street Skateboarding World Championships finals, a qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympic Games, in Rome.
Jake Ilardi of the United States competes in the Street Skateboarding World Championships finals, a qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympic Games, in Rome. [ ALESSANDRA TARANTINO | Associated Press ]

The 24-year-old will be among the first skateboarding Olympians when he competes in the sports’ debut this summer. He is currently ranked second in the U.S. and seventh in the world.

Zion Wright, from Jupiter

Soccer

Alex Morgan, Plays for Orlando Pride

United States forward Alex Morgan attempts a shot on goal in front of Argentina defender Adriana Sachs during a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match in Orlando.
United States forward Alex Morgan attempts a shot on goal in front of Argentina defender Adriana Sachs during a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match in Orlando. [ PHELAN M. EBENHACK | Associated Press ]

This is Morgan’s third Olympic team. She rejoined Orlando for the 2021 season after a five-game stint in London for Tottenham.

Surfing

Caroline Marks, from Melbourne Beach

 Caroline Marks of Team USA surfs during an Olympic exhibition in San Clemente, Calif.
Caroline Marks of Team USA surfs during an Olympic exhibition in San Clemente, Calif. [ KEITH BIRMINGHAM | Associated Press ]

Marks became a professional surfer at 13. At 19, she’ll be one of the first women to represent the U.S. in the sport at the Olympics.

Swimming

Bobby Finke, from Clearwater and goes to UF

Bobby Finke participates in the men's 1,500 freestyle during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.
Bobby Finke participates in the men's 1,500 freestyle during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. [ JEFF ROBERSON | Associated Press ]

The rising UF senior from Clearwater won both the 800-meter freestyle — a new men’s Olympic event — and the 1,500-meter freestyle (beating the rest of the field by nearly 15 seconds) at the Olympic Trials last week to secure his spot on the Tokyo roster.

Caeleb Dressel, from Green Cove Springs and went to UF

Ryan Murphy, from Jacksonville

Kieran Smith, goes to UF

Natalie Hinds, went to UF

Emma Weyant, from Sarasota

Taekwondo

Paige McPherson, went to Miami-Dade College

Paige McPherson, right, reacts during her women's under 67 kilogram Taekwondo semifinal against Canada's Ashley Kraayeveld at the 2019 Pan American Games.
Paige McPherson, right, reacts during her women's under 67 kilogram Taekwondo semifinal against Canada's Ashley Kraayeveld at the 2019 Pan American Games. [ REBECCA BLACKWELL | Associated Press (2019) ]

McPherson became a three-time Olympian when she qualified for the Tokyo games. She also competed in London, where she won a bronze medal in the welterweight category, and Rio.

Anastasija Zolotic, from Largo

Tennis

Nicole Melichar, lives in Stuart

Nicole Melichar of the United States during the Viking International WTA 500 tennis tournament.
Nicole Melichar of the United States during the Viking International WTA 500 tennis tournament. [ ROB PRANGE | ZUMAPRESS.com ]

Melichar, from the Czech Republic, moved to Florida shortly after her birth. She is currently the ninth-ranked doubles player in the world.

Austin Krajicek, from Brandon

Track & field

Trayvon Bromell, from St. Petersburg

Trayvon Bromell wins the second heat of the men's 100-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Trayvon Bromell wins the second heat of the men's 100-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. [ CHRIS CARLSON | Associated Press ]

Bromell won the 100 meters in 9.80 at the Olympic Trials last week. Bromell overcame a series of injuries to make it to Tokyo, including two Achilles surgeries. He made this Olympic team after having to leave the 2016 Rio Olympics in a wheelchair.

Erriyon Knighton, from Tampa

Will Claye, went to UF

Garrett Scantling, from Jacksonville

Donald Scott, from Apopka

Teahna Daniels, from Orlando

Kendall Ellis, from Pembroke Pines

Taylor Manson, goes to UF

Cory McGee, went to UF

Kaylin Whitney, from Clermont

Jessica Ramsey, from Boynton Beach

Marquis Dendy, went to UF

Grant Holloway, went to UF

Volleyball

Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson, from Fort Lauderdale

The United States' Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson (16) and Courtney Thompson celebrate a win after a women's bronze medal volleyball match against the Netherlands at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
The United States' Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson (16) and Courtney Thompson celebrate a win after a women's bronze medal volleyball match against the Netherlands at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. [ MATT ROURKE | Associated Press (2016) ]

This will be Gunderson’s third Olympic Games. She has a silver medal from 2012 and a bronze from 2016. While she plays for Team USA, she also has citizenship with Canada and Nigeria.

Water Polo

Ashleigh Johnson, from Miami

Goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's water polo game finals against Canada at the 2019 Pan American Games.
Goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's water polo game finals against Canada at the 2019 Pan American Games. [ SILVIA IZQUIERDO | Associated Press (2019) ]

Johnson will compete in her second Olympics as the goalkeeper for Team USA Water Polo. In 2016, she became the first African-American woman to make the team. She ran a swim school in her hometown with her sister for two years.

Weightlifting

Mattie Rogers, from Orlando and went to UCF

Rogers can now add Olympian to her resume, which already has seven world medals (including silvers from 2017 and 2019) and eight U.S. records.

Wrestling

Alejandro Sancho, from Miami

Sancho defeated former Olympian Ellis Coleman at trials to secure his bid to Tokyo. He also enrolled in the U.S. Army in 2018 and is an army specialist and member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program.