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2012 Olympic Games – Athletes to watch

Written by July 27, 2012

The Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games have kicked off and we couldn’t be more excited. Here’s a quick list of ten U.S. athletes to make sure to watch and cheer on!


10. Mariel Zagunis – For the fourth time in the last seven summer Olympics, the U.S. has chosen a woman to bear the flag in the Opening Ceremonies.  Zagunis – a fencer – is only the second American to ever take the gold in the Olympic sport.


9. Brady Ellison -The archer from Glendale, Ariz. is thought to be a favorite for the Gold.



8.  McKayla Maroney – The 2011 World Vault Champion has re-injured a broken toe, but still plans to compete in the event to defend her title.



7. Timmy Duggan – This young cyclist is all healed (during a competition in 2007, he crashed and suffered a severe head injury) and ready to take his five-man U.S. men’s road cycling team to the finish line on Saturday.


6. Ashton Eaton – This American Decathlete holds the world record in both the decathlon and heptathlon events and is a clear favorite for the games this summer.



5. Maya Moore – In college, she lead an undefeated Connecticut to an National Championship and is currently a forward with the Minnesota Lynx (WNBA).



4. Ryan Lochte – With six medals (three gold, two silver and one bronze) what can we expect from the dashing swimmer this year??



3. & 2. Kerri Walsh/Misty May-Treanor – We can’t list one without the other! The ladies are hoping to synch their third Gold Medal in beach volleyball this year in London.



1. Michael Phelps – Of course he’s on our list (I bet you read along and wondered why he hadn’t been mentioned yet!). The record-breaking, 16-medal winning swimmer is set to be at star again at the 2012 games.



We hope you’re a little more familiar with our Team USA and enjoy watching the ceremonies tonight.


Credit: Los Angeles Times, Business2Community.com

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Vanessa joined Spokeo in 2012 and oversees all social media, media relations and community relations efforts for Spokeo. She is especially passionate about Spokeo programs focused on search and reunion and promoting STEM careers for women and children. During her free time, she enjoys writing, DIY home decor and crafts, and eating dessert!

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