Your Favorite Olympic Athletes: Where Did They Attend College & What Were Their Majors?

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Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, Gabrielle Douglas are all Olympic stars for the United States and with the Olympics just coming to an end, has anybody wondered where these stars attended school? What did these athletes major in? What athletes decided to forgo college and turn pro? Who did not finish their collegiate careers? And in some instances such as sixteen year old Aly Raisman’s case, where will she end up for her collegiate career, and what will she major in?

Michael Phelps – U.S. Olympic Swimmer
School: University of Michigan
Major: Sports Marketing/Management

Ryan Lochte – U.S. Olympic Swimmer
School: University of Florida
Major: Sports Management

Gabrielle Douglas – U.S. Olympic Gymnast (Only 16 years of age)
Home Schooled (High School)

Alexandra Raisman – U.S. Olympic Gymnast (Only 18 years of age)
School: Attended Needham High School
Plans on attending the University of Florida           

Jordyn Weber – U.S. Olympic Gymnast (Only 17 years of age)
School: Attended DeWitt High School
Plans on attending UCLA

Missy Franklin – U.S. Olympic Swimmer (Only 17 years of age)
School: Attended Regis Jesuit High School
University of Georgia, USC, and the University of California are just some of the few choices for Missy Franklin. 

Kerri Walsh Jennings – U.S. Beach Volleyball Player
School: Stanford University
Major: American Studies
 
Misty May-Treanor – U.S. Beach Volleyball Player
School: Long Beach State
Major: Kinesiology/Fitness 

Allyson Felix – U.S. Track and Field Athlete
School: University of Southern California (USC)
Major: Elementary Education 

Lolo Jones – U.S. Olympic Track Athlete
School: Louisiana State University (LSU)
Major: Economics
 
Carmelo Antony – U.S. Men’s Basketball Player
School: Syracuse University
Anthony played just one season with Syracuse 

Diana Taurasi – U.S. Women’s Basketball Player
School: University of Connecticut
Major: Sociology
 
Hope Solo – U.S. Women’s Soccer Player
School: University of Washington
Major: Speech Communication 

Andy Roddick – U.S. Tennis Player
Roddick did not attend College, as he went professional at a very young age around 17 or 18. 

April Ross – U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball Player (Teammate of J. Kessy)
School: University of Southern California (USC)
Major: International Relations 

Jennifer Kessy – U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball Player (Teammate of A. Ross)
School: University of Southern California (USC)
Major: History

It’s interesting to see what these professional athletes have done during their college careers. It’s even more interesting to know that some of these high paid Olympians even skipped college or just played for a year or two such as Carmelo Anthony. Many athletes that do not finish getting their degree before turning pro do happen to return to school during, or even after their pro careers.

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