Gator Nation loaded with medals

United States' gold medal winner Christian Taylor, is flanked by silver medal medal winner Will Claye, left, and bronze medal winner Fabrizio Donato from Italy during the ceremony for the men's triple jump during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Published: Friday, August 10, 2012 at 11:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 10, 2012 at 11:43 a.m.

If athletes from the University of Florida comprised their own country in the Olympics, they'd give many nations a run for their money.


2012 Gators Olympic Medal Count

18 total: 9 Gold, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze

Mel Booth - 1 medal
Soccer (Canada): Bronze

Heather Mitts - 1 medal
Final vs. Japan: Gold

Abby Wambach - 1 medal
Final vs Japan: Gold

Ryan Lochte - 5 medals
400m IM: Gold
4x100m Free Relay: Silver
4x200m Free Relay: Gold
200m Backstroke: Bronze
200m IM: Silver

Dana Vollmer - 3 medals
100m Butterfly: Gold
4x200m Free Relay: Gold
4x100m Medley Relay: Gold

Elizabeth Beisel - 2 medals
400m IM: Silver
200m Backstroke: Bronze

Conor Dwyer - 1 medal
4x200m Free Relay - Gold

Lisa Raymond - 1 medal
Mixed Doubles: Bronze

Will Claye - 2 medals
Long Jump: Bronze
Triple Jump: Silver

Christian Taylor - 1 medal
Triple Jump: Gold

Source: University of Florida

Gator athletes had another big day Thursday, when triple jumpers Christian Taylor and Will Claye won gold and silver, soccer players Abby Wambach and Heather Mitts were part of the U.S. women's gold medal winning squad and Melanie Booth of Canada got bronze on her national team's effort.

The triple jumpers, Wambach and swimmers Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer reveled in the Gator success on Friday and posed for pictures together doing the trademark Gator chomp.

"Gator nation is the best," says Lochte, winner of five swimming medals in London.

"We've worked hard. I've personally seen most of the athletes working out. We push our bodies to the limit and that's why we did so well."

He continued: "And you know what? We're like a big family so we always help each other out. No matter what sport it is, we come together and work toward the goal. Once swimming was done, I was totally tuned into track and field and all the other sports Gators are representing."

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