11 Olympic athletes with South Florida ties to follow on Instagram

While LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ryan Tannehill dominated the South Florida sports headlines over the past four years, 41 athletes with local ties toiled away — most of them in relative obscurity — with dreams of making the Rio Olympics.
Here are 11 of those athletes with South Florida connections to be on the lookout for this summer that you can follow on Instagram. 

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A photo posted by Danell J Leyva (@danelljleyva) on Mar 21, 2016 at 1:58pm PDT

Danell Leyva, Homestead , Gymnastics: The 2012 Olympics All-American bronze medalist and reigning world silver medalist on high bar. He is coached by his stepfather and mother, both of whom competed for the Cuban national team before defecting to the United States. He was added to the team for Rio after John Orozco went down with a torn ACL.

Super excited to be back with this group as we represent our country @NikeBasketball #RoadToRio #unlimitedtogether

A photo posted by “85 Supreme” (@sylvia_fowles) on Jul 24, 2016 at 8:14am PDT

Sylvia Fowles, Miami, women’s basketball: The 6-6 center who played at Edison High and Gulliver is in her third Olympics. She is a two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and in 2015 led the Minnesota Lynx to the league title and was named MVP.
Ashleigh Johnson, Redlands/Ransom High School, water polo: The first black American on the U.S. women’s water polo team, and the only non-Californian on the team. After leaving Ransom, she attended Princeton University.
Brianna Rollins, Miami Northwestern, track and field 100 hurdles: Her time of 12.26 seconds is the fourth-fastest in history. Rollins attended Clemson and won the 2013 World Championship.

Don’t usually fist pump but when I do it’s when I make a putt for my country go USA!

A photo posted by Lexi Thompson (@lexi) on Jul 22, 2016 at 4:19pm PDT

Lexi Thompson, Coral Springs, golf: At 21, she has already won eight tournaments. At 12 became youngest player to qualify for U.S. Open. At 16, youngest to win an LPGA tournament.

Determined and focused. Calm and cool. #onamission @missionathlete Check out MISSION.com to get your cooling gear this summer!

A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Jul 15, 2016 at 6:58am PDT

Serena Williams, Palm Beach Gardens, tennis: Top-ranked player in the world, winner of 22 Grand Slam titles, competing in fourth Olympics. She has won four gold medals — three in doubles with sister, Venus (2000, 2008, 2012) and singles in 2012.

#lookgoodplaywell @elevenbyvenus @botwclassic

A photo posted by Venus Williams (@venuswilliams) on Jul 20, 2016 at 9:46pm PDT

Venus Williams, Palm Beach Gardens, tennis: Won singles gold medal at Sydney Olympics in 2000, and has won three doubles titles with sister, Serena.

Current mood: 100 days to RIO! #RoadtoRio #USAVolley2016 #USAVwnt

A photo posted by Foluke Akinradewo (@folukea) on Apr 27, 2016 at 8:58am PDT

Foluke Akinradewo, Fort Lauderdale (St. Thomas Aquinas), women’s volleyball: One of four returning players from the 2012 Olympic silver medal team. The 6-3 middle blocker graduated from Stanford and has U.S.-Canadian-Nigerian triple citizenship.
Sam Dorman, UM, synchro diving: A 2015 NCAA champion at UM, will be competing in Rio in synchronized 3-meter diving with Indiana’s Michael Hixon, with whom he just partnered shortly before the Olympic trials.

Let your journey to redemption define you #RioRedemption

A photo posted by Nick Delpopolo (@nickforgold) on Jul 18, 2016 at 9:58am PDT

Nick Delpopolo, Miami, judo, 73 kg: Was sent home from the 2012 London Olympics for a positive marijuana test. He says he inadvertently ingested it in a brownie at a pre-Olympics party. Serbia-born, raised by foster family in New Jersey, moved to South Florida in 2014 to get a fresh start with coaches Evelro Garcia and Orlando Fuentes.

Podium outfits! #Nike #rio2016

A photo posted by Angelica Delgado (@juji_angie) on Aug 1, 2016 at 2:03pm PDT

Angelica Delgado, Miami (Ferguson High, FIU), judo 52 kg: Her father, Miguel, was a member of the Cuban national team and introduced her to the sport at age 9. She’s a three-time U.S. champion and two-time Pan American Games bronze medalist.