Treasure Coast Essay
Mon August 20, 2012
Two Olympians from the Treasure Coast
Neither of them won a medal, but I salute two Olympic competitors with ties to the Treasure Coast. They are gymnast Syque Caesar and dressage rider Tina Konyot. Syque, 21, was born in West Palm Beach, grew up in Port St. Lucie and graduated from Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce. His parents came to the U.S. in the 1980s from Bangladesh, where his father had been a professional soccer player. Syque, a star on the University of Michigan gymnastics team, obtained a dual citizenship in Bangladesh last year and was selected to be the first gymnast from that South Asian country to compete in the Olympics. He earned respectable scores in the qualification round but not good enough to make the finals. He is a national hero in Bangladesh, where he was called “Golden Syque.” Tina Konyot, 50, is a graduate of Martin County High School and trains horses at her family farm in Palm City. Tina and her stallion Calecto competed in the Grand Prix Special – the medal round of the team dressage competition. She finished in 25th but told Ray McNulty of Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, “It’s the greatest thing in the world to be at the Olympics.” Indeed, it is.