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1. Allyson Felix

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Sport: Track and Field – Sprinter
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Fun Fact: At age 30, Allyson is an Olympic gold medalist, two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time World Champion.

2. Simone Manuel

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Sport: Swimming
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Fun Fact: Simone currently holds the American record in the 100yd freestyle.

3. Simone Biles

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Sport: Gymnastics
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Fun Fact: Simone is the first African American woman ever to be world all-around champion and the first woman ever to win three consecutive world all-around titles.

4. Vashti Cunningham

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Sport: Track and Field – High Jump
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Fun Fact: Vashti (who is only 18 years old by the way) is the daughter of retired NFL player Randall Cunningham and the niece of retired NFL fullback Sam Cunningham.

5. Alysia MontaƱo

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Sport: Track and Field – Middle Distance Runner
Hometown: Queens, New York
Fun Fact: In 2014, Alysia competed in the 800m event at the U.S. Outdoor Championships while eight months pregnant.

6. LaShawn Merritt

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Sport: Track and Field – Sprinter
Hometown: Portsmouth, Virginia
Fun Fact: LaShawn will be returning to the summer Olympic games to compete in the 400m event after injury prevented him from competing in 2012.

7. Serena and Venus Williams

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Sport: Tennis
Hometown: Lynwood, California
Fun Fact: While their list of palmares is much to long to list here, on impressive fact is that the two sisters combined have won a total of 58 Grand Slam titles during their careers.

8. Steph Curry

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Sport: Basketball
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Fun Fact: Steph is the first NBA player ever to be unanimously voted MVP (2015).

9. Dawn Harper-Nelson

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Sport: Track and Field – 100m Hurdles
Hometown: East St. Louis, Illinois
Fun Fact: Dawn is the first American 100m hurdler to ever win gold at an Olympics (2008) and then another medal in the following Olympics (2012).

10. Ashleigh Johnson

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Sport: Water Polo – Goalkeeper
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Fun Fact: If Ashleigh couldn’t play water polo anymore she would choose beach volleyball as a sport to play.

11. Gabrielle Douglas

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Sport: Gymnastics
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Fun Fact: Gabby is the first African American woman in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion.

12. Donnell Whittenburg

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Sport: Gymnastics
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Fun Fact: Donnell is the 2014 National Champion on Vault and is the 2015 National Champion on the Rings.

13. Shamier Little

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Sport: Track and Field – 400m Hurdles
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Fun Fact: Rio 2016 will be Shamier’s first Olympics.

14. Maya Moore

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Sport: Basketball
Hometown: Jefferson City, Missouri
Fun Fact: Maya is second woman ever to win the MVP award for the WNBA regular-season, the WNBA finals, and the All-Star game in one year.

15. Michelle Carter

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Sport: Track and Field – Spot Put
Hometown: San Jose, California
Fun Fact: Michelle’s father is Michael Carter, a former Olympian and NFL player for the 49ers.

16. Carlin Isles

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Sport: Rugby – Wing
Hometown: Massillon, Ohio
Fun Fact: Before Carlin took up rugby he competed in track and field as a sprinter.

17. Marquise Goodwin

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Sport: Track and Field – Long Jump
Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
Fun Fact: Marquise is also a NFL wide receiver and kickoff returner for the Buffalo Bills.

18. Candice Parker

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Sport: Basketball
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Fun Fact: Candice is the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game.

19. Tori Bowie

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Sport: Track and Field – Long Jump, 100m, 200m
Hometown: Sandhill, Mississippi
Fun Fact: Tori won bronze in the 100m at the World Championships in 2015

20. Trayvon Bromell

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Sport: Track and Field – Sprinter
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Fun Fact: Trayvon is the first junior to surpass the 10-second barrier in the 100m event.

21. Daryl Homer

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Sport: Fencing – Sabre
Hometown: Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Fun Fact: Daryl is the first American man to win a medal in saber at the Senior World Championships (2015).

22. Christian Taylor

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Sport: Track and Field – Triple Jump and Long Jump
Hometown: Fayetteville, Georgia
Fun Fact: Christian will be returning to Rio to defend his 2012 gold medal in the triple jump.

23. Lia Neal

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Sport: Swimming – Freestyle Events
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Fun Fact: Lia is the second African-American woman to ever join the U.S. swim team.

24. Brittney Griner

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Sport: Basketball
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Fun Fact: Brittney stands 6ft 9in tall.

25. Brittney Reese

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Sport: Track and Field – Long Jump
Hometown: Inglewood, California
Fun Fact: Brittney is the current indoor word record holder in the long jump with a distance of 7.23 meters.

26. Cullen Jones

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Sport: Swimming – Freestyle Sprint Events
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Fun Fact: Cullen was prompted to learn to swim after almost downing at a water park when he was five years old.

27. Jordan Burroughs

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Sport: Freestyle Wrestling
Hometown: Camden, New Jersey
Fun Fact: Jordan is the fourth wrestler ever to win an NCAA title and world title in the same year.

28. Justin Gatlin

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Sport: Track and Field – Sprinter
Hometown: Flint, Michigan
Fun Fact: Justin is a former Olympic gold medalist in the 100m dash.

29. English Gardner

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Sport: Track and Field – Sprinter
Hometown: Voorhees Township, New Jersey
Fun Fact: English has a personal best of 10.79 seconds for the 100m dash which ranks her in the top twenty all-time.

30. Claressa Shields

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Sport: Boxing
Hometown: Flint, Michigan
Fun Fact: Claressa is the first American woman to win a boxing gold medal (London 2012).

31. Ajee Wilson

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Sport: Track and Field – Middle Distance Runner
Hometown: Neptune Township, New Jersey
Fun Fact: Ajee specializes in the 800m and won a Junior World Title in the event in 2012.

32. Boris Berian

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Sport: Track and Field – Middle Distance Runner
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Fun Fact: Boris is the 2016 National Champion in the 800m.

33. Cam F. Awesome

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Sport: Boxing
Hometown: Uniondale, New York
Fun Fact: Cam legally changed his name from Lenroy Thompson.

34. Mebrahtom “Meb” Keflezighi

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Sport: Long Distance Runner
Hometown: Asmara, Eritrea
Fun Fact: When Meb won the Boston Marathon in 2014, he was just shy of his 30th birthday making him the oldest winner of the Boston Marathon since at least 1930. He also was the first American male to win the race since 1983, and first American since 1985.

35. Aries Merritt

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Sport: Track and Field – 110m Hurdles
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Fun Fact: Aries holds the word record in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.80.

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