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Meet Your Olympians

Meet the local athletes from New York who will be competing in the 2012 Olympic Games.

They've put in innumerable hours of sweat, blood and tears to get where they are today. They are among the best of the best and are ready to prove their mettle. 529 athletes from 45 states will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

They are competing in events as diverse as athletics, fencing, rowing, soccer and basketball. For everyone, from swimmer Katie Ledecky, 15, to 54-year-old equestrian jumper Karen O’Connor, these Games represent the culmination of all the hard work and dedication they've put in to win the coveted medal.

It's time to meet the Olympians from New York!

Here are a few quick facts about your Olympians!

Sue Bird
Sex : Female
Competing in Basketball
Event / position / class : Guard
Age : 31
From : Syosset

Debbie Capozzi
Sex : Female
Competing in Sailing
Event / position / class : Elliott 6m
Age : 31
From : Bayport

Tina Charles
Sex : Female
Competing in Basketball
Event / position / class : Center
Age : 23
From : Jamaica

Melissa Gonzalez
Sex: Female
Competing in Field Hockey
Position: Midfielder
Age: 23
From: Mohegan Lake (Lakeland High School)

Cullen Jones
Sex : Male 
Competing in Swimming 
Event / position / class : 50m free; 100m free; 400m free relay 
Age : 28
From : Bronx

Maria Michta 
Sex : Female 
Competing in Race Walk 
Event / position / class : Race Walk
Age : 26
From : Nesconset/Sachem High School graduate

Lopez Lomong
Sex : Male
Competing in Athletics
Event / position / class : 5,000m
Age : 27
From : Marietta

Meghan Musnicki
Sex : Female
Competing in Rowing
Event / position / class : Eight
Age : 29
From : Naples

John Orozco
Sex : Male
Competing in Gymnastics
Event / position / class : Artistic
Age : 19
From : Bronx

Erik Storck
Sex : Male
Competing in Sailing
Event / position / class : 49er
Age : 27
From : Huntington

Jason Turner
Sex : Male
Competing in Shooting
Event / position / class : 10m Air Pistol
Age : 37
From : Rochester

Abby Wambach
Sex : Female
Competing in Soccer
Event / position / class : Forward
Age : 32
From : Rochester

McLain Ward
Sex : Male
Competing in Equestrian
Event / position / class : Show Jumping, Individual, Team
Age : 36
From : Brewster

 

Looking for a way to celebrate the Olympics locally? You can find local events for Olympic Fun Day on July 28 on the Let’s Move website, which has a page about how to set up your own local Olympics

Also check out our Directory and Events Calendar for listings of places where you can learn and participate in Olympic sports ranging from basketball to karate, gymnastics, swimming and more.

Carol Dyer July 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Please include Melissa Gonzalez in your list. She is playing in the midfield for the Olympic filed hockey team. She was a standout player from Lakeland when she was in HS. Her father, Felix Gonzalez, had been an asst principal at PRHS until his unexpected passing in 2006.
Ryan Buncher July 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Thanks Carol. She has been added.

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