College of Health and Human Performance

HHP Goes for Gold

HHP Goes for Gold

July 19, 2021 

The UF College of Health & Human Performance has a rich history of participating in the Olympics. This history is no surprise given the Gators’ prowess in athletics and the college’s historical focus on sport and physical activity. 

That tradition continues with the upcoming summer games in Tokyo. We hope you’ll cheer on the following alumni and students participating in the games. 

Let’s Go Gators!

Tokyo Bound UF HHP Alumni and Students

Yanis David (BSHE ’20), Track and field
Representing France: long jump and triple jump

Mark Kolozsvary (Senior in Health Education & Behavior), Baseball
Catcher

Genevieve LaCaze Gregson (BSAPK ’12), Track and field
3,000-meter steeplechase

Taylor Manson (BSHE '21), Track and field
4 x 400 mixed relay

Kieran Smith (Senior in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology), Swimming
400 free; 200 free; 4 x 200

Benny Vaughn (BSHE ’85), Massage Therapist and Athletic Trainer
Also participated in Atlanta 1996, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012

Lianne Wong (Freshman in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology), Gymnastics
Replacement Athlete

Additional HHP Olympians
  • Conor Dwyer (BSR ’12), Swimming
    London 2012 | Rio 2016
  • Mark Everett (BSESS ’92), Track and field
    Sidney 2000
  • Tammy Jackson (BSR ’07), Basketball
    Barcelona 1992
  • Ronnie Jourdan (BSPE ’73), Track and field
    Munich 1972
  • Matt LaPorta (BSR ’09), Baseball
    Beijing 2008
  • Ryan Lochte (BSR ’11), Swimming
    Athens 2004 | Beijing 2008 | London 2012
  • Alberto Eugenio Mestre Sosa (BSESS ’87), Swimming
    Representing Venezuela: Moscow 1980
  • Leah Martindale Stancil (BS ’02, MSAPK ’06), Swimming
    Representing Barbados: Atlanta 1996 | Sydney 2000
  • Christina McDonald (BSHSE ’93), Gymnastics
    Seoul 1988
  • Steve Mesler (BSESS ’00), Bobsled
    Salt Lake City 2002 | Turin 2006 | Vancouver 2010
  • Delisha Milton-Jones (BS ’97), Basketball
    Sydney 2000 | Beijing 2008
  • Colleen Rosensteel (BSESS ’90, MESS ’94), Judo
    Barcelona 1992 | Atlanta 1996 | Sydney 2000
  • William Sawchuk (BSESS ’84),
    Representing Canada: Moscow 1980
  • Christian Taylor (BSSPM ’19), Track and field
    London 2012
  • Abby Wambach (’98-’01), Soccer
    Athens 2004 | London 2012
  • Novlene Williams-Mills (BSR ’04), Track and field
    Representing Jamaica: Athens 2004 | Beijing 2008 | London 2012 
  • Harry Winkler (BSPE ’68, MPH ’70), Handball
    Munich 1972 | Montreal 1976 | Los Angeles 1984
Additional HHP Olympic Ties
  • Douglas J. Casa, Ph.D., MSESS ’93, CEO, Korey Stringer Institute, University of Connecticut - Served on special IOC committee focused on heat issues in preparation for Tokyo Games 
  • Kyriaki Kaplanidou, Ph.D., Professor, UF Dept. of Sport Management, Researcher for IOC to examine the impacts and legacies of Olympic Games on the host community residents quality of life
  • Paula Welch, Ed.D., Professor Emerita, Research focuses on Olympics and sport history; serves as treasurer of the U.S. Olympic Endowment; previously served on the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Education Committee and USOC Board of Directors

Let the games begin! #GoGators

Know of other UF HHP Olympians? Let us know by emailing communications@hhp.ufl.edu.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this story inadvertently left out Leah Martindale Stancil. The story has since been amended.

Read more about the 2021 Gator Olympians and Florida Gators Olympic History.


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