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MEET TEAM USA
Brian Cazeneuve
July 28, 2008
America's new set of Olympians, nearly 600 strong, hails from 47 of the 50 states and includes identical twins, soldiers, teenagers, a cancer patient, a 58-year-old CEO and the daughter of a Super Bowl champion
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July 28, 2008

Meet Team Usa

America's new set of Olympians, nearly 600 strong, hails from 47 of the 50 states and includes identical twins, soldiers, teenagers, a cancer patient, a 58-year-old CEO and the daughter of a Super Bowl champion

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MOST INKED

Natasha Kai, soccer. The Hawaii native's 19 tattoos include hibiscus flowers, the Hawaiian Islands, turtles, her initials written in a tribal language and the names of assorted family members. Greco-Roman wrestler Jake Deitschler has Chinese characters that translate to "God, wrestler warrior" tattooed under his right armpit.

ARMED FORCES

Nine active members of the military qualified for the shooting team. In addition, modern pentathlete Eli Bremer (nephew of L. Paul Bremer, the former head of U.S. rebuilding efforts in Iraq), is a reservist after having served as an Air Force captain; Greco-Roman wrestler Dremiel Byers is an Army staff sergeant; Greco teammate Adam Wheeler spent five years in the Coast Guard; and fencer Seth Kelsey is a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

RISKY BUSINESS

Judoka Adler Volmar, a onetime Navy medic, served as a bodyguard last year in the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. When Volmar was growing up in Haiti his father worked briefly as a driver for that country's then dictator, Fran├žois Duvalier.

IRON CHEF

Bryan Volpenhein, rowing. After winning gold as a member of the men's eights boat at the 2004 Athens Games, Volpenhein took a year off to attend culinary school in Seattle. He cooks for teammates and provides a monthly recipe to the U.S. Rowing website, which posts video of him preparing it.

DON'T BLAME HIM

Point guard Jason Kidd, who played in the Sydney Games but missed Athens, is the only player on the men's basketball team who is one-for-one in gold medals.

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