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As we eagerly await the start of the Summer Olympics in Paris (July 26 – August 11, 2021), the LDMA is highlighting the stories of past Louisiana Olympians in July.  Explore the stories of Louisiana athletes and coaches who have competed for Team USA and made us cheer!


Willie Davenport


Willie Davenport (1964 - 1980)

Watch a 1983 Louisiana Legends interview with the 5-time Olympian, who won a gold medal in 1968 and a bronze medal in 1976 in the 110m hurdles.  




Torch lighting at the 1983 Special Olympics in Baton Rouge




Special Olympics (1983)

Watch Louisiana: The State We’re In’s coverage of the 1983 Special Olympics held on the Louisiana State University (LSU) campus in Baton Rouge.




Hollis Conway


Hollis Conway (1988, 1992)

View a 2017 Louisiana Legends interview with the 2-time Olympian who won a silver medal in 1988 and a bronze medal in 1992 in the high jump. 





Skip Bertman


Skip Bertman (1996)

See a 2011 Louisiana Legends interview with the former LSU baseball coach who led Team USA to a bronze medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.




Warren Morris


Warren Morris (1996)

Watch a 2011 interview from Louisiana: The State We’re In with the former LSU baseball player who won a bronze medal as a member of the Team USA baseball team in 1996.






Olympian Walter Davis


Walter Davis (2000, 2004)

Watch a 2024 Behind the Glory interview with the former LSU track and field star who competed in the triple jump in 2000 and the long jump and triple jump in 2004.






Gayle Hatch


Gayle Hatch (2004)

View a 2012 Louisiana Legends interview with the head coach of Team USA’s men’s weightlifting team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.




Carly Patterson


Carly Patterson (2004)

See an interview with the 2004 women’s gymnastics all-around gold medalist as a young gymnast at Elite Gymnastics in Baton Rouge in this 1999 episode of Enviro-Tacklebox.




To see more sports stories, check out the Louisiana Sports topic.