Toppa Top 10: Ten Caribbean Athletes at the Summer Olympics

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Words by Emily Shapiro and Jesse Serwer—

You already know about the expectations for the Jamaican men’s track team coming into this summer. Usain Bolt and company head to London not as underdogs but as favorites, expected to improve upon their stunning success in Beijing four years ago on the occasion of their country’s 50th anniversary. The less heralded but no less dominant Jamaican women’s sprinters, led by 2008 gold medalists Shelly-Ann Fraser (now Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce) and Veronica Campbell-Brown, have something to prove, too. And there’s plenty of athletes from other Caribbean islands and other sports with big expectations this summer, too. Here’s a look at 10 we’ll be watching out for.

  • zb

    someone forgot the Bahamas was part of the Caribbean , eh?

  • Jesse Serwer

    What Bahamian athletes should we be looking out for, zb?

  • Victoria

    Dominican Republic’s Raul Aguayo in the Laser; the USVI’s Cy Thompson in Laser and Mayumi Roller in Laser Radial; St. Lucia’s Stephanie Devaux-Lovell in Laser Radial; Puerto Rico’s Raul Rios and Marco Teixidor in Men’s 470 and Curacao’s Monique Meijer in Female RS-X, Dennis van den Berg and Ard van Aanholt both in Laser Standard and Philipine van Aanholt, in Laser Radial.
    All I believe are Olympic Qualifiers for 2012

  • didyeah

    Teddy Riner, Gold Medal in Judo and undefeated for 4 years now, is from Guadeloupe, a french Caribbean Island between Monserrat and Dominica. Most French athletes are coming from here ( Thierry Henry the football player for example).