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Missy Franklin – Swimming
Seventeen-year-old Missy had just about as good an Olympic
trials as a girl could hope for. She qualified for seven events—the 100m and
200m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke, 400m freestyle relay, 800m freestyle
relay and the 400m medley relay. It’s
the greatest number of swim events an American woman has ever qualified for.
Reed Kessler – Show Jumping
Reed’s trainer has been talking about her going to the
Olympics since she was 13. For a girl who just
turned 18—and just became eligible to jump Olympic-height jumps, which clock in
at over 5 feet this year—that’s some big talk. Reed is the youngest equestrian
to compete in the Olympics ever, and
if you had asked her teammates if she had the potential six months ago, they
probably would have been iffy. And then she went into the trials and won,
beating a ring full of veterans.
Gabrielle Douglas – Gymnastics
Photo by John Cheng for USA Gymnastics
Kayla Harrison – Judo
Two years ago, Kayla won the judo world championship. She
was the first American woman to do so in 46 years. Now, she has her sights set
on Olympic gold. It’s her final goal in the sport, and if she accomplishes it,
she says she’ll probably retire and move on to other things, like going to
college and possibly teaching. One more thing: She’s a Harry Potter nerd. Yes!
Lee Kiefer – Fencing
Lee hated fencing when she started at age 5 in her parents’
dining room. But she stuck with it and now the 17-year-old is one of the sport’s
rising stars. Now that she’s graduated from high school (and attended prom,
natch), she’s focused on London. And while she wants a medal more than
anything, she’s realistic about her chances, telling ESPN she expects that to come in 2016, when she has more
experience. Still, we can’t wait to watch her fight it out in the next few
Photo courtesy USA Fencing
Jordyn Wieber - Gymnastics
For the last few months, world champion gymnast Jordyn
Wieber has been everywhere promoting her sport. She’s even on cereal boxes. At
17, Jordyn is cool as a cucumber under pressure—something U.S. Gymnastics Team
Coordinator Marta Karolyi loves about her.
Sarah Scherer – Shooting
Air rifle master Sarah, 21, has been the queen of NCAA
shooting for most of her college career. She’s won national titles, but this
will be her first Olympics. And to beat her veteran competitors, nothing less
than perfect will do.
Aly Raisman – Gymnastics
Like her peers, Aly is a full-time gymnast, clocking 35
hours a week of practice time. But unlike some of her teammates, Aly can claim
nearly 16 years of experience. She first stepped on the mat when she was 18
months old. It’s all been leading up to this point, she says.
Marlen Esparza – Boxing
Right now, Marlen says, her life is 100-percent boxing. She
promises that the Olympic Games, where she’ll compete in a sport that’s been
dominated by guys for most of its history. She’s here to tell ya that’s all
about to change. She is the first U.S. amateur boxer to sign an endorsement
deal with CoverGirl, and as she told the L.A.
Times, "When I get ready for a fight, it's kind of like I'm
getting ready for a date. I take a shower. Perfume. I shave. I fix my hair….We
don’t have to look like men to fight like men.”
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 7/12/2012 5:08:00 PM
POSTED IN athlete, sports, water sports, gymnastics, olympics, London 2012
I can't wait for London 2012! Go Missy, Reed, and all the others!
by Nightless on 7/20/2012 5:54:53 AM
by chick987 on 7/17/2012 8:36:42 PM
I can't wait for this! I'g rooting for them all!!
by lovelydays111 on 7/14/2012 11:27:49 PM
Go Lee Kiefer! She lives in Lexington, KY- and thats where I live!! Woohoo! She went to the High School that I'm gonna go to!
by Ostar21 on 7/14/2012 10:44:03 PM
My twin cousins were in the Olympics last time for Judo
by thepinkyyyyyyyyy on 7/14/2012 9:14:47 AM
I cant wait for the Olympics to start! I was happy to see Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman ,Missy Franklin, and Jordyn Wieber!
by onedirection9 on 7/13/2012 10:02:03 PM
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by heather99 on 7/13/2012 4:23:38 PM
I LOVE fencing!!!!!!!!!! It's awesome and super fun!!!! I Can't wait to watch the fencing portion of the Olympics!!!
by Myipodrox16 on 7/13/2012 2:55:43 PM
k so i got soooo excited when i saw reed kessler on the list! i'm so excited!!!
by horseluver686 on 7/13/2012 2:45:18 PM
i can't wait for the equestrian sports!! COME ON KAREN O'CONNOR!!!
by Kalulah on 7/13/2012 1:42:15 PM
love u Jordyn Wieber!
by myfatsquirrel on 7/13/2012 12:17:32 PM
Wieber is from Placerville, CA!!! i live kinda by Placerville!!! I"VE GOT WIEBER FEVER!!!! GO JORDYN!!!!!!
by loppyears12 on 7/13/2012 12:15:19 PM
Go Missy Franklin!!!!! She's awesome.
by amileofroses on 7/13/2012 11:45:29 AM
by YayaYuiki on 7/13/2012 11:25:39 AM
I would like to recognize my swim coach Candace Cooper, she qualified for the 2012 Olympic trails in the 100m back, but had to withdraw because of an injury that made her retire from swimming.
by smootches on 7/13/2012 9:18:08 AM
i would like to add alex morgan to this list. pretty much the best up-and-coming soccer player
by soccerlover99 on 7/13/2012 12:52:24 AM
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by lilliebeans on 7/13/2012 12:38:35 AM
i love Marlen and how she knows she will prove that women can do things guys can shes awesome i love her!!!!!!!
by lilliebeans on 7/13/2012 12:34:14 AM
by Graciegang on 7/13/2012 12:00:16 AM
by snagmonkey on 7/12/2012 11:45:57 PM
by Gabbyw123 on 7/12/2012 9:26:51 PM
Come to the club, Sitters in a Stitch, made specifically to help other sitters with any problems they have babysitting the little ones! We can help each other and offer tips. I know when I started, I had lots of questions, so ask me about anything, and I'll happily help.
by may2030 on 7/12/2012 8:13:08 PM
I love Missy Franklin so much! She deserves every bit of success that she's getting.
by swimmergirlbla on 7/12/2012 7:52:40 PM
OMG! I know Jordyn Wieber!
by smiling4ever14 on 7/12/2012 6:41:24 PM
Who the heck is Lolo Jones??? I LOVE Jordyn Wieber!!! She trains at my gym!!!
by Sarah510 on 7/12/2012 6:22:43 PM
@cbcool Lolo Jones is I think 29 not so young that;s why she isn't mentioned in this article
by ninadasiy on 7/12/2012 6:05:08 PM
Dont 4get Lolo Jones!
by cbcool on 7/12/2012 5:49:18 PM
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