Samyr Laine (born July 17, 1984 in Nyack, New York) is a Haitian-American triple jumper who competed for Haiti at the 2012 Summer Olympics and other international competitions since the 2007 Pan American Games.
It was in 2007 that he first competed under the Haitian flag. Although he was born in the United States, both of his parents and the majority of his extended family had emigrated from Haiti which allowed him to represent the nation at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and beyond.
Ryland was born in Chicago in 1920 and was an outstanding junior tennis player. In 1939, he won the ATA junior championships and the Illinois High School championships. After graduation, he attended Wayne State University, where he became one of the first two black players to compete in the NCAA championships and made it to the semifinals.
Ryland became one of the world’s best tennis players despite the presence of segregation in the United States; until the final years of his career, he was prohibited from competing in the major tournaments.