Down here in South Florida, we grow NFL athletes like Kudzu. Our NBA title-winning team has two hometown players. And we're generally all-around badass at most things, unless it's arriving on time.
It follows, then, that our humble metro area is sending more than a dozen athletes to the Summer Olympics in London -- and we're not even counting LeBron James, whom Ohio has clearly forsaken and should totally count for us.
Check out which SoFla superstars are headed across the pond to wear the American (?) beret -- and don't forget to read up on the 9 -- 9! -- Olympians raised elsewhere but representing the University of Miami.
Sport: Triathlon Hometown: North Palm Beach DOB: 4/25/1975
Sport: Volleyball (Middle Blocker) Hometown: Plantation DOB: 10/5/1987
Sport: Sailing (Men's Keelboat) Hometown: Miami DOB: 10/18/1972
Sport: Basketball (Center) Hometown: Miami DOB: 10/6/1985
Sport: Triathlon Hometown: Miami DOB: 3/22/1984
Sport: Gymnastics (Artistic) Hometown: Homestead DOB: 10/30/1991
Sarah Lihan (Right)
Sport: Sailing (Women's 2-Person Dingy) Hometown: Fort Lauderdale DOB: 8/15/1988
Sport: Track (400 Meters) Hometown: West Palm Beach DOB: 4/16/1990
Sport: Sailing (Men's Keelboat) Hometown: Miami DOB: 2/19/1973
Sport: Rowing (Lightweight Men's Four) Hometown: Miami DOB: 12/13/1988
Sport: Track (400 Meters, 200 Meters) Hometown: Fort Lauderdale DOB: 2/26/1985
Anna Tunnicliffe (Left)
Sport: Sailing (Elliott 6M) Hometown: Plantation DOB: 10/17/1982
Serena Williams and Venus Williams
Sport: Tennis (Singles, Doubles) Hometowns: Palm Beach Gardens and Coral Gables DOB: 9/26/1981 and 6/17/1980