The San Francisco Bay is a very special place to be lucky enough to live. Growing up here is a privilege, and as I’m sure many of you can agree, this environment effectively shapes us. Living by the bay and being in presence of water daily has been quite the impact for many our 2012 London Olympians. Of the 530 United States Olympians, 125 of the hail from California, while another 71 of them call the Bay Area home. Our entire badminton team is from California, although we only boast one gymnast from the Bay. Interestingly, the San Francisco Bay Area Olympians flock to water like ducks - an unscientific examination shows that most of them are rowers, swimmers, water polo players, or other water-sports athletes. San Jose native Scott Welt, who swam for the Marin Pirates, finaled in the 200-yd. breastroke. Nathan Adrian, three-time Olympic gold medalist who currently holds the American record in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle, was born in Washington but continued his educational and swimming career at UC Berkeley, where he is still currently residing. Natalie Coughlin was born in Vallejo and graduated from UC Berkeley where she continues to work. Her win in this year’s 4x100 freestyle relay tallies her up to 12 medals and ties her for most decorated female swimmer with Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson. David Banks graduated from Stanford and joined the U.S. Rowing team before he partook in his first Olympics in 2008. It is no surprise that all these water loving, remarkably athletic creatures all come from the same place. The Bay area is surrounded by an incredible body of water that, in its beauty and rhythm, is sure to leave an impression. These young adults who come to train here, have battled against and learned from a very powerful entity of nature. This environment too has shaped these athletes. Here’s to hoping their success in the games so far directly correlates to the outcome of the Untied States Olympic team as a whole.
For a full list of the Bay Area Olympians click here
For photos and blurbs about the 2012 Bay Area Olympians click here
For articles on Past Bay Area Olympians click here
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