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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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Brad Vering, Greco-Roman wrestling, grew up in Howells, Neb. (pop. 632).

ISLAND OF DEFENSE

The only men's water polo player not from California is goalkeeper Brandon Brooks of Hawaii. Including Brooks, the U.S.'s starting water polo goalie at five of the last six Olympics has been from Hawaii.

SUPERMOM

Melanie Roach, weightlifting. The 117-pounder—one of 20 mothers on the team—finally made her first Olympics at age 33. Roach set a world record of 250 pounds in the clean and jerk in 1998 but in 2000 suffered a seemingly career-ending herniated disk. Today, the former gymnast runs a gymnastics school in Sumner, Wash., with her husband, Dan, a four-term state representative. The couple has three kids, including a son who is autistic.

DOUBLY GOOD

If the women's soccer team triumphs, midfielder Shannon Boxx and her sister, Gillian, a catcher on the '96 softball team, will be the first U.S. sisters to win gold in different sports.

MOST ENTERPRISING

T.C. Dantzler, Greco-Roman wrestling. The 37-year-old runs TC logiQ, a background-screening company that he founded in Colorado four years ago. The firm has grown from three employees to 23, and Dantzler plans to take it public in three years.

FUTURE CAREERS

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