I’m glad you asked! We were curious about just that question, so we checked out the athlete bios on the London 2012 website to find out. From the information available there, we found about 400 international athletes who studied in the U.S. for their degree!
What countries do they come from?
Canada’s Derek Drouin took home his country’s first medal in high jump since 1972, in what the CBC called “one of the most unusual finishes.” He also studied at Indiana University, where he was a three-time NCAA champion. (Photo: Reuters)
2) Great Britain
3) Trinidad and Tobago
Nigeria’s Muizat Ajoke Odumosu competed in the women’s 400m hurdles for Nigeria, placing first in her semi-final heat, and finishing 8th in the finals. A Nigerian website called her semi-finals performance “stellar” and hailed her as “one of Nigeria’s few hopes for a medal.” Oh, and she attended the University of Southern Alabama. (Photo: Reuters)
8) New Zealand
9) South Africa
Colombia’s soccer team features several athletes from U.S. college soccer teams. Tatiana Ariza (center) and her twin sister Natalia were both picked for the Colombian team from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, where they currently study. The other Colombian athlete in this photo is Nataly Arias, who grew up near Washington, D.C. (Photo: Reuters)
What schools did they go to?
1) University of California, Berkeley
In this photo, Serbia’s Aleksa Saponjic, who is a student at UC Berkeley, can be seen celebrating his team’s semi-final water polo victory over Italy (Aleksa is the one with his face hidden – on the left is goalkeeper Branislav Mitrovic). The team’s medal fate will be decided by a bronze medal match still to come. (Photo: Reuters)
2) University of Florida
3) Auburn University
4) Texas A&M University
Texas A&M put out a press release to celebrate the Olympic success of Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson, a former “Aggie.” She didn’t medal, but finished 4th in the 100m breaststroke and set new Jamaican records in that event and in the 200m breaststroke. (Photo: Reuters)
5) University of Southern California
And many more!