? Dain Blanton, beach volleyball. The 2000 gold medalist was a finalist last year to star in The Bachelor.
? Jennie Finch, softball. The pitcher was named one of PEOPLE'S 50 Most Beautiful in May.
? Amanda Beard, swimming. The breaststroker has posed for Maxim and FHM.
Thirty team members were born in other countries, and they, along with those with strong ties to their heritage-like diver Kimiko Soldati, whose Japanese-American grandparents were held in an internment camp in Idaho after Pearl Harbor—give the delegation a strong multicultural character. A few of the foreign-born standouts:
?Colleen De Reuck, track and field. The three-time South African Olympian, who moved to Boulder, Colo., in 1993 and became a U.S. citizen in December 2000, was the surprise winner of this year's U.S. marathon trials at age 39.
? Meb Keflezighi, track and field. His family left the African nation of Eritrea in search of a better life and, after a year in Italy, settled in San Diego in 1987 "I'm always thankful," says Keflezighi, a 29-year-old UCLA grad who'll run the marathon in Athens.
?Mary Sanders, rhythmic gymnastics. The 18-year-old Toronto native, a dual citizen, chose the U.S. over Canada to honor her late American-born dad, Fred, the 1963 Big Ten trampoline champion for Michigan. "Since my father was an American gymnast, it's always been in my mind to compete for the USA," she says. "He taught me to fight for my goals, so I want to make him proud."
?Jasna Reed, table tennis. The 33-year-old Chicago resident was born in what is now Bosnia-Herzegovina and won an Olympic bronze for Yugoslavia in 1988. She gave the medal to her grandmother, but it was lost 12 years ago when Serb troops stormed her hometown.
He's Greek to Me
Then there's Tom Pappas, the decathlon world champ from Glendale, Ore. His great-grandfather was born in Greece, and Pappas plans to meet up with distant relatives at the Games. He often receives e-mail from Greeks asking him to change his citizenship and win gold for their country this summer.