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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 SOME
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 STATES
Based on 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.