List of Olympians

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Carl Lewis, Birmingham's most-decorated Olympian

This is a list of Olympians, including all athletes who have competed in the modern Olympic Games who have some connection to the Birmingham area:

1928 Amsterdam

1932 Los Angeles

  • Percy Beard, represented the United States in the men's 110-meter hurdles. Competed for Auburn University.

1948 London

  • Whitney Overton, represented the United States in the men's steeplechase. Competed for Auburn University.

1952 Helsinki

  • Jim Dillon, represented the United States in the men's discus throw. Competed for Auburn University.

1960 Rome

Otis Davis' upset win in the 400-meter race
  • Otis Davis, won gold in the men's 400-meter and 4x400-meter races for the United States. Born in Tuscaloosa.

1968 Mexico City

1968 Grenoble

1972 Munich

1972 Sapporo

  • JoJo Starbuck, represented the United States in pairs figure skating. Born in Birmingham.

1976 Montreal

  • Jack Babashoff, won silver in the men's 100-meter freestyle swim for the United States. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Carlos Berrocal, swam for Puerto Rico. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Casey Converse, swam for the United States. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Mark Crocker, swam for Hong Kong. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Bill Forrester, represented the United States in the men's 200-meter butterfly swim. Competed for Auburn University.
  • Disa Gisladottir, represented Iceland in the women's high jump. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Harvey Glance, represented the United States in the men's 100-meter race and 400-meter relay. Competed for Auburn University.
  • Christina Jarvis, swam for Great Britain. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Willie Smith, represented the United States as an alternate for the men's 400-meter relay. Competed for Auburn University.
  • Mark Tonelli, swam for Australia. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Jeff Van de Graaf, swam for Australia. Competed for the University of Alabama.

1980 Moscow

  • Stanley Floyd, represented the United States in the men's 100-meter and 400-meter relay. Competed for Auburn University.
  • Bill Forrester, represented the United States in the men's 200-meter butterfly swim. Competed for Auburn University.
  • Rowdy Gaines, represented the United States in the men's 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle swim. Competed for Auburn University.
  • Harvey Glance, represented the United States in the men's 100-meter and 400-meter relay. Competed for Auburn University.
  • Per Johansson, represented Sweden in the men's 100-meter freestyle swim. Competed for Auburn University.
  • Marcello Juca, swam for Brazil. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Max Metzger, won bronze in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle swim for Australia. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Willie Smith, represented the United States in the men's 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. Competed for Auburn University.
  • Mark Tonelli, won gold in the men's 400-meter medley relay swim for Australia. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • James Walker, represented the United States in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Competed for Auburn University.
    • Arne Borgstrom, made Norwegian Olympic team, which boycotted. Competed for the University of Alabama.
    • Cameron Henning, made Canadian Olympic team, which boycotted. Competed for the University of Alabama.
    • Glenn Mills, made United States Olympic team, which boycotted. Competed for the University of Alabama.

1984 Los Angeles

  • Evelyn Adiru, represented Uganda in the women's 800-meter race. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Ricardo Aldabe, swam for Spain. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Laura Agront, represented Puerto Rico in the women's high jump. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Laurence Bensimon, swam for France. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Katrine Bornstad, swam for Norway. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Carole Brooke, swam for Switzerland. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Carmel Clark, swam for New Zealand. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Reita Clanton, represented the United States on the women's handball team. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Filberto Colon, swam for Puerto Rico. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Mike Davidson, swam for New Zealand. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Pauline Davis, represented the Bahamas in the women's 100-meter and 200-meter races. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Anna Doig, swam for New Zealand. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Disa Gisladottir, represented Iceland in the women's high jump. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Iris Gronfeldt, represented Iceland in the women's javelin throw. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Cam Henning, won bronze in the men's 200-meter backstroke for Canada. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Frank Iacano, swam for France. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Michael Jordan, won gold as a member of the United States men's basketball team. Competed for the Birmingham Barons.
  • Marcello Juca, swam for Brazil. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Emmit King, represented the United States in track and field. Graduate of Hueytown High School. Competed for Jefferson State Community College and the University of Alabama.
  • Angelika Knipping, swam for West Germany. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Lillie Leatherwood, won gold in the women's 4x400-meter relay for the United States. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Justin Lemberg, won bronze in the men's 400-meter freestyle relay swim for Australia. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Carl Lewis, won gold in the men's 100-meter & 200-meter sprints, 4x100-meter relay and long jump for the United States. Born in Birmingham.
  • Felix Morf, swam for Switzerland. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Mark Rourke, swam for Canada. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Enrique Romero, swam for Spain. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Andreas Schmidt, swam for West Germany. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Jon Sieben, won gold in the men's 200-meter butterfly swim for Australia. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Tony Portela, swam for Puerto Rico. Competed for the University of Alabama.
    • Peter Berndt, made East German Olympic team, which boycotted. Competed for the University of Alabama.

1988 Seoul

  • Katie Anderson, represented Canada in the women's 4x100-meter relay. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Peter Berndt, swam for West Germany. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Grace Buzu, represented Uganda in the women's 4x100-meter relay. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Pauline Davis, represented the Bahamas in the women's 100-meter and 200-meter races. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Rita Garay, swam for Puerto Rico. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Iris Gronfeldt, represented Iceland in the women's javelin throw. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Emmit King, represented the United States in track and field. Graduate of Hueytown High School. Competed for Jefferson State Community College and the University of Alabama.
  • Lillie Leatherwood, won silver in the women's 4x400-meter relay. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Carl Lewis, won gold in the men's 100-meter and long jump, and silver in the men's 200-meter race for the United States. Born in Birmingham.
  • Liz Lynch McColgan, won silver in the 10,000-meter run for Great Britain. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Ragga Runolfsdottir, swam for Iceland. Competed for the University of Alabama.

1992 Barcelona

  • Katie Anderson, represented Canada in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Charles Barkley, won gold with the United States men's basketball team. Born in Leeds and graduated from Leeds High School and Auburn University.
  • Pauline Davis, won silver in the women's 4x400-meter relay for Canada and competed in the 200m and 400m races and 4x400-meter relay. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Diane Frances, represented St Kitts in the women's 400-meter and 4x400-meter races. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Rita Garay, swam for Puerto Rico. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Flora Hyacinth, represented the Virgin Islands in the women's long jump and triple jump. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Faith Idehen, represented Nigeria in the women's 4x100-meter relay. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Michael Jordan, won gold as a member of the United States men's basketball team. Competed for the Birmingham Barons.
  • Carl Lewis, won gold in the men's 4x100-meter relay and long jump for the United States. Born in Birmingham.
  • Liz Lynch McColgan, represented Great Britain in the women's 10,000-meter run. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Stavros Michaelides, swam for Cyprus. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Jon Olsen, won gold in the men's 400-meter freestyle and medley relay swims and bronze in the 800-meter freestyle relay for the United States. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Christy Opara-Thompson, won bronze in the women's 4x100-meter relay. Opened Body & Soul Fitness in Birmingham.
  • Ellen Owen, swam for the United States. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Mark Rourke, swam for Canada. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Ragga Runolfsdottir, swam for Iceland. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Helga Runolfsdottir, swam for Iceland. Competed for the University of Alabama.

1994 Lillehammer

  • Picabo Street, won silver in women's downhill skiing for the United States. Lives part-time in Birmingham.

1996 Atlanta

  • Charles Barkley, won gold with the United States men's basketball team. Born in Leeds and graduated from Leeds High School and Auburn University.
  • Carl Lewis, won gold in the men's long jump for the United States. Born in Birmingham.
  • Scott Tucker, won gold as part of the United States 4x100-meter freestyle swim team. Born in Birmingham.

1998 Nagano

  • Picabo Street, won gold in women's Suoer-G ski event. Lives part-time in Birmingham.

2000 Sydney

  • Katie Anderson, represented Canada in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Oren Azrad, swam for Israel. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Rafael Alvarez, swam for Spain. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Spiros Bitsakis, swam for Greece. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Pauline Davis, won gold in the women's 4x100-meter relay and silver in the 200-meter race for the Bahamas. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Rania Elwani, swam for Egypt. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Stefan Gherghel, swam for Romania. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Stavros Michaelides, swam for Cyprus. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • DeDee Nathan, represented the United States in the women's heptathlon. Born in Birmingham.
  • Anne Poleska, swam for Germany. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Scott Tucker, won silver as part of the United States 4x100-meter freestyle swim team. Born in Birmingham.
  • Glen Walshaw, swam for Zimbabwe. Competed for the University of Alabama.

2002 Salt Lake City

Vonetta Flowers, Birmingham's first medalist in the Winter Games

2004 Athens

  • Bearden Asby, swam for Zimbabwe. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Spiros Bitsakis, swam for Greece. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Agustina de Giovanni, swam for Argentina. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Igor Erhartic, swam for Serbia. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Stefen Ghergel, swam for Romania. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Kelly Kretschman, won gold with the United States women's softball team. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Hanna Muliska, swam for Switzerland. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Anne Poleska, won bronze in the women's 200-meter breaststroke for Germany. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Vlad Polyakov, swam for Kazakhstan. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Cat Reddick, won gold as part of the women's soccer team. Graduated from Briarwood Christian School.
  • Arlene Semeco, swam for Venezuela. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Apostolis Tsagkarakis, swam for Greece. Competed for the University of Alabama.
  • Susan Bartholomew Williams, won bronze in the women's triathlon for the United States. Competed for the University of Alabama.

2008 Beijing

Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder

2012 London

Decathlete Trey Hardee

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