• Scott Parsons,
kayak, brews beer at his Bethesda, Md., home.
• Greta Gould,
mountain biking, can juggle and ride a unicycle and auditioned for the Ringling
Bros. circus three times; she never made the cut.
Not every member
of the swim team was born a fish. Michael Phelps took his first lessons on his
back because he was afraid to put his head underwater. The mother of Katie Hoff
had to wash her daughter's hair as little as possible because Katie didn't like
who'll run the 1,500 meters in Beijing, stands 5'5" but according to his
doctors has a heart the size of a 7-foot man's. (They have told him it's the
result of his intense training and is perfectly healthy.)
• Kate (Tiki)
Barber, field hockey captain, was given that handle when she was playing for
North Carolina and the future NFL running back was at ACC rival Virginia.
(Batman) Jackson, 400-meter hurdler, earned the moniker as a kid because he had
big ears, but keeps using it because he now flies over the hurdles; he has the
nickname on his license plate.
(Meatball) Friedman, cycling, has—as the name suggests—an un-Lance-like