They range from a shooting specialist to one of the great sprinters of his generation. The former Maryland Summer Olympians who have won medals are listed below. Despite exhaustive research, it's possible we left someone out, so let us know at email@example.com.
The two-time gold medalist was the first Olympic star to come from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. After winning the 100-meter backstroke, Andrews presented the medal to her brother, Danny, to honor him for his courage after he was paralyzed at the age of 19 in a bicycle accident. A resident of Wilmington, Del., she's a senior vice president at Bank of America and chairwoman of the NBAC endowment fund. Her parents still live in Annapolis.
The Denver Nuggets star and former Towson Catholic standout had a disappointing first Olympics in 2004, averaging 2.4 points and struggling to get along with coach Larry Brown. He earned a bronze medal, but that was considered a major letdown, as no team with NBA stars had ever failed to win gold at the Olympics. Anthony has subsequently become a key scorer for the national squad and will seek redemption at this summer's Games in Beijing.
The Garrison Forest graduate won two gold medals as a 15-year-old at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Botsford grew up in Timonium and came from the same North Baltimore Aquatic Club dynasty that has produced Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff. She won gold in the 100-meter backstroke and the individual medley relay. Botsford went on to a successful career at the University of Arizona but never qualified for another Olympics. She lives in Dana Point, Calif., and has worked as a marketing manager for a medical spa.
The former Maryland women's basketball star played on the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic teams. She was a reserve in 1988, averaging 4.4 points and three rebounds for a team that won gold behind longtime stars Teresa Edwards and Katrina McClain. Bullett started two games in 1992, but the team suffered a disappointing semifinal loss to the Unified Team from the former Soviet Union and had to settle for bronze. She went on to play in the WNBA and now teaches in her native West Virginia.
Small-bore rifle, prone
At the age of 20, he won a gold medal and set a world record at the London Summer Games. He and teammate Walter Tomsen tied in points after each missed the target only once in 60 shots. Cook won because he was slightly more accurate. He was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1982. He coached the U.S. Deaf Olympic team in 1969 and 1993 and was team leader in 1989. He also helped create the Air Force Marksmanship Training Program.
Hannan won gold as a member of the 400-meter medley relay team in Sydney. He helped the U.S. team reach the final by swimming in the preliminaries and earned gold when the relay unit won in world-record time. A 1998 graduate of Mount St.Joseph, Hannan was a 17-time All-American at the University of Texas. He coaches swimming at the University of Washington.
Henderson, from Fort Washington, was part of the gold medal-winning 400 medley relay team in Atlanta. His specialty was the butterfly, and he just missed qualifying for the final in the 100 fly at the 1996 Games. A graduate of Friendly, he swam for California.
Doubles whitewater canoe
The Bethesda native won a gold medal in Barcelona with partner Scott Strausbaugh and competed in Athens as one of the "Paddling Papas" with Matt Taylor, who runs the Adventure Sports Center International in Garrett County. Now a coach and motivational speaker living in Tennessee, Jacobi will work as an NBC analyst in Beijing.
Keaser was the first African-American to medal in wrestling at the Olympics when he won a silver medal at the Montreal Games in the 149.5-pound weight class. A graduate of Brooklyn Park, Keaser wrestled at the Naval Academy, where he was a two-time All-American.
A member of the Orioles from 1995 to 1997, Krivda was a member of the gold-winning U.S. team in Sydney. A resident of Perry Hall, he is the general manager and director of instruction at Extra Innings Baseball and Softball Training.
In Athens, the two-time national champion from Gaithersburg was part of the team silver medal and won a bronze medal in the uneven bars competition, less than one year after tearing her left Achilles tendon. She's enrolled on a full athletic scholarship at the University of Georgia, where she is a five-time individual NCAA champion and 10-time All-American. At a meet in March, Kupets tore her right Achilles tendon during a floor routine, ending her junior season.
"Sugar" Ray Leonard was the face of the 1976 Montreal Games when he defeated Cuban boxer Andres Aldama in the final to win the gold. Aldama, a skilled veteran, had to take two standing eight counts in the three-round championship. Leonard, from Prince George's County, went on to hold titles in five weight classes and won memorable bouts against Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. He has gone on to host the boxing reality show The Contender.
Singles whitewater canoe
The bronze medalist also competed in the 1992 Olympics in doubles canoe with fellow Bethesda resident Lecky Haller, and finished fourth. Now an author and adventurer living in Connecticut, he's married to Sandra Boynton, a popular children's author, songwriter and illustrator, and they have four children.
The All-America forward from Maryland played in the most controversial basketball game in Olympic history. McMillen was an important frontcourt player, averaging 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds for a team that swept to the Olympic final with an undefeated record. There, the U.S. met the Soviet Union, also undefeated. McMillen made a key block to set up go-ahead free throws by Doug Collins with seconds left. But he and his teammates watched in horror as a clock controversy afforded the Soviets two chances at a winning basket. They converted the second and handed the U.S. men their first-ever loss in the Olympics. McMillen and his teammates refused their silver medals in protest. He went on to earn a Rhodes scholarship, play 12 seasons in the NBA and serve three terms as a congressman from Maryland. He now works in the defense industry.
A breaststroke specialist, the youngest swimmer on the U.S. women's squad won a medal of each color in Barcelona. Nall was a student of Murray Stephens at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and attended Towson Catholic High School. In 2002, she graduated from Arizona State University with a communications degree and married Luke Richesson. They live in Phoenix with their two children. This year, Nall was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Navy's crew team, known as "The Great Eight," won gold at the Helsinki Games. The Navy unit's time of 6:25.9 beat Russia by nearly six seconds. Australia won the bronze, finishing eight seconds behind the United States. Members of the U.S./Navy team: coxswain, Dave Manring; bow oar, Frank Shakespeare; No. 2 oar, Bill Fields; No. 3 oar, Jim Dunbar; No. 4 oar, Dick Murphy; No. 5 oar, Bob Detweiler; No. 6 oar, Henry Proctor; No. 7 oar, Wayne Frye. Additional members: Stroke oar, Ed Stevens; coxswain II, Robert Jones; coxswain III, Bill Kennington.
Won six gold medals and two bronze medals in Athens, setting the stage for Beijing, where he is expected to challenge Mark Spitz's record of seven golds in a single Games. The former Rodgers Forge resident also came through the NBAC program.
One of the top female athletes from Maryland, Shriver teamed with doubles partner Zina Garrison to win gold at the Seoul Games. She has 22 career Grand Slam doubles titles, winning 20 with Martina Navratilova. The two formed perhaps the greatest doubles pairing of all time. Shriver won 21 singles titles and 112 doubles titles in a Hall of Fame career.
The University of Maryland track coach was one of the country's finest 400-meter sprinters from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. A New Jersey native, he qualified for the 1988 and 1992 Games and won gold as a member of the 1,600-meter relay team in Barcelona in 1992.
A graduate of Friends School who went on to Virginia and North Carolina, Weinberg won a bronze medal at the Montreal Games in 800 freestyle. She's a physical therapist in McLean, Va.
The Carver graduate became the most decorated sprinter ever from Baltimore, claiming Olympic gold in the 1,600-meter relay in 2000 and winning silver in the 200-meter sprint in 2004. Williams still trains in Florida, where he attended college, but injuries have marred his 2008 season, and he finished seventh in the 200-meter finals at the Olympic trials.