FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 11, 2012
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FHSAA Proudly Hails Its Florida Olympians
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) today saluted 29 athletes who will soon be representing their countries at the Summer Olympics in London after having attended FHSAA member schools across Florida.
“We are tremendously proud that so many of our exceptional athletes are getting this incredible opportunity to compete on the greatest stage in sports,” said Dr. Roger Dearing, FHSAA executive director. “The world will see what we in Florida already know – the talent, dedication and sportsmanship of Florida high school student-athletes is second to none.”
Twenty of the Florida-groomed Olympians will be representing the United States in the London games, including previous gold medal winning swimmer Ryan Lochte of Port Orange. Athletes representing eight other nations also attended high school at FHSAA-member schools. The Olympics Games’ opening ceremony takes place on July 27.
The Stars and Stripes will be represented in London by athletes covering the length and breadth of Florida – including runners from Fort Lauderdale, Riviera Beach and Oviedo; a swimmer from Port Orange; divers from Tampa and Orlando; wrestlers from Pensacola and Clearwater; volleyball players from Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach; a basketball player from Miami; and triathletes from West Palm Beach, Miami and Altamonte Springs. FHSAA alumni from Fort Lauderdale, St. Petersburg, Miami and Clearwater will also be competing in rowing and sailing, while an equestrian competitor from Stuart will also be representing U.S.
The list of 2012 Olympians who attended FHSAA member schools is online at www.fhsaa.org/news/2012/0710. There may be others representing different nations that FHSAA has not been able to identify due to incomplete biographies available from their countries.
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