Determined to be
a U.S. Olympian someday, backstroker Matt Grevers, then 19, turned down an
offer to switch countries and swim for the Netherlands, birthplace of his
parents, in the Athens Games. The gamble paid off: At this year's U.S. trials
Grevers, an underdog, out-touched star Ryan Lochte in the 100 back to earn a
berth in Beijing.
WIN SOME, LOSE
The men's soccer
team has Ghanaian-born Freddy Adu, Brazilian-born Benny Feilhaber and
Scottish-born Stuart Holden, but it failed to land U.S.-born Giuseppe Rossi.
The gifted 21-year-old striker, who grew up in Clifton, N.J., as the son of
Italian immigrants, has dual citizenship and decided to play for Italy.
The U.S. now has
top-level foreign-born coaches in many of the 28 Summer Olympic sports. While
Romanian-born women's gymnastics team director Martha Karolyi (wife of former
Olympic coach Bela) may be better known to American fans, the head coach with
the biggest global following is women's volleyball's "Jenny" Lang Ping,
who starred for China's gold-medal team at the 1984 Games and remains a
national hero in her homeland.
Marcie Van Dusen,
wrestling. In January the 121-pounder ended the 10-year, 119-match
international winning streak of 2004 Olympic champ Saori Yoshida of Japan.
STATE OF THE
hometowns, California produced more members of Team USA (175) than any other
state. The runners-up were Texas (44), Pennsylvania (28), Florida (27), New
York (25), Washington (19), Illinois (17), Georgia (16), New Jersey (16) and
Ohio (16). No team member is from Montana, North Dakota or West Virginia.