The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will welcome the best athletes from across the globe to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil–and many of those athletes were born and raised in the South.
Throughout the summer, we’ve watched the U.S. Olympic Trials as the best of the best competed for a coveted spot on Team USA. Across the roster of sports, there are more than a few game-changing Southern Olympians who will be representing the United States. Here are ten Olympians to look out for during the 2016 Olympic Games, athletes who are at the pinnacles of their sports, who grew up in the South, and for whom we’ll be cheering extra loud in August. They share intense focus, dedication to their sports, and all of them are already incredibly accomplished. We can’t wait to see them represent Team USA in Rio.
For a full list of American athletes heading to Rio, visit teamusa.org.