Local Olympians

Brian Johnson, long jump. Attended Southern University in Baton Rouge.

Chris Lawson, 100m and 200m dash. From New Orleans (Holy Cross High School)

Chris Paul, men’s basketball. Member of New Orleans Hornets. High-profile

Seimone Augustus, women’s basketball. Played for LSU. USA is gold medal favorite in this event.

Sylvia Fowles, women’s basketball. Played for LSU. Ditto above…. Plus, she’s pretty much the “star” of Team USA.

Muna Lee, women’s 100m and 200m hurdles. Former LSU track star.

John Dane III, Star Class yachting. New Orleans resident. Interesting story — he’s 58 years old and is the CEO of a major yacht-building company (Trinity Yachts). He first tried to qualify for the Olympics four decades ago. Will be one of the oldest athletes to compete in Beijing.

Austin Sperry, Star Class yaching. Gulfport, MS resident. He’s Dane’s partner (Star Class is a two-man event).

John Lovell, sailing. New Orleans resident. Won the silver in 2004. Will be one of the favorites this year.

Richard Thompson, 100m dash. Former LSU star. Runs for Trinidad & Tobago.

Kelly Baptiste, women’s 100m dash. Former LSU star. Runs for Trinidad & Tobago.

Nickiesha Wilson, women’s 400m hurdles. Former LSU star. Runs for Jamaica.

Tiger Isa Phillips, 400m hurdles. LSU athlete. Runs for Jamaica.

Erin Blanchard, trampoline. Trains in Lafayette, LA. First to ever represent the USA in the women’s trampoline event.

Chris Estrada, trampoline. Trains in Lafayette, LA (also a longtime resident). First to ever represent the USA in the men’s trampoline event.

Kendrick Farris, weightlifting. From Shreveport, LA.

Miguel Pate, long jump. From St. Francisville, LA.

Brittney Reese, long jump. Born and lives in Gulfport, MS.

Leigh Smith, javelin. From Destrehan (near New Orleans).

Lolo Jones, women’s 100m hurdles. Former LSU star. Likely gold medal favorite.

Kenta Bell, triple jump. Northwestern LA grad.

Erica Boren Bartolina, pole vault. From Hammond (near New Orleans).

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