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2016 Rio Olympic Games: Local Athletes

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Local Athletes

Summer Olympics: Local Athletes

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016

Danell Leyva

Danell Leyva

After Danell Leyva’s first gymnastics lesson at 3 years old, his coach told his mother, “Please, don’t bring him back.” Luckily a family friend, Yin Alvarez, saw Leyva’s potential, and soon Alvarez became...

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016

Alia Atkinson

Alia Atkinson

Alia Atkinson could become Jamaica’s first Olympic medalist in swimming if she improves on her fourth place finish in the 100m breaststroke at the 2012 London Olympics. She qualified for the final heat of...

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016

Sam Dorman

Sam Dorman

Sam Dorman won four national titles in 2013: 1m springboard, 3m springboard, synchronized 3m and synchronized 3m with a different partner at the winter nationals. In 2015, he was the NCAA champion on 3m.

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016

Foluke Akinradewo

Foluke Akinradewo

Foluke Akinradewo joined the U.S. women’s national team in 2005. The Stanford alum took time off from school in an attempt to make 2008 Olympic roster but was ultimately named first alternate.

Monday, Aug 1, 2016

Paige McPherson

Paige McPherson

After a taste of Olympic action in London, where she walked away with a bronze medal, Paige McPherson will be seeking another medal at the Rio Games after advancing through U.S.

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016

David Hughes

David Hughes

Dave Hughes began sailing at 13 years old and has an impressive track record. Prior to joining forces with current teammate Stu McNay, the 10-time U.S. Sailing national team member won gold at the 2005 and 2006...

Monday, Aug 1, 2016

Angelica Delgado

Angelica Delgado

A first-generation American, Angelica Delgado’s parents originate from Cuba – a country with a prolific history in judo. At 9 years old, she began to study judo at the insistence of her father, Miguel Delgado...

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens

Young American tennis talent Sloane Stephens was born and raised in Plantation, Florida, part of an athletically gifted family: mother Sybil was a swimmer for Boston University, while father John had previously...

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016

Sylvia Fowles

Sylvia Fowles

Nicknamed “Baby Shaq,” Sylvia Fowles is a force in women’s basketball. The first ever woman to dunk in international competition, Fowles has the size of a center but the speed and quickness of a guard.

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