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She's happy to help people in her sales job at The Home Depot, but on the water MICHELLE GUERETTE (left) works alone. The 2005 world single sculls bronze medalist is aiming for the event's first U.S. Olympic title.
An Olympic gold isn't California dreamin' for goalie and Michigan grad BETSEY ARMSTRONG (right). She and attacker HEATHER PETRI (middle) led the U.S. to the 2007 world title; Armstrong is the only national-team player from a non-Cali college.
U.S. Olympians in need of tour guides in Beijing should seek out the table tennis team: All four members—GAO JUN (above), Crystal Huang, Wang Chen and David Zhuang—were born in China. Gao, 39, who won an Olympic doubles silver for China in 1992, became a U.S. citizen in 1994. This year she led Team USA, which has never won a medal at the Games, to its highest finish (12th) at the world championships since 1989.
For profiles of gymnast Shawn Johnson and other U.S. Olympians, go to SI.com/Olympics.