Must-know names for the games

Must-know names for the games

Get to know some of the athletes you’ll be cheering on this summer.

Ryan Lochte — SwimmingJordyn Wieber — Gymnastics
Alexander Massialas — FencingMissy Franklin — Swimming
Danell Leyva — Men’s GymnasticsEvelyn Stevens — Cycling
Trey Hardee — Track and FieldAllyson Felix — Track
Phil Dalhausser — Beach VolleyballMisty May-Treanor — Beach Volleyball

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  1. Jordyn Wieber — Women’s Gymnastics
    Jordyn began her gymnastics career at just 4 years old. The two-time U.S. Senior National Champion will be 17 when she competes at this year’s games. Jordyn, who will soon start her senior year of high school, hopes to compete in gymnastics in college and is a favorite to win in the all-around gymnastics competition.
  2. Danell Leyva — Men’s Gymnastics
    Danell is a Cuban-American gymnast and has won multiple medals including gold in both the 2011 U.S. National All-Around and 2011 World Championship Parallel Bars. In 2009, he became the youngest U.S. national senior team member at the age of 17. His coach, who also happens to be his stepfather, tends to mirror Leyva’s routines on the ground.
  3. Ryan Lochte — Men’s Swimming
    Lochte will turn 28 the games this year, his third appearance at the games. He is a six-time medal winner at the games and currently holds the world record in the 200-meter (long and short course) individual medley and the 400-meter short course individual medley. Lochte is looking to continue his impressive run and upstage his famous teammate and friend, Michael Phelps.
  4. Missy Franklin — Women’s Swimming
    Franklin can’t yet vote, but she can sure swim. At age 15, she won three gold medals at the 2011 FINA World Championships. She is the current world record holder in the 200-meter short course backstroke and will be competing in her first summer games. At 6’1”, Franklin towers above most of her fellow female athletes.
  5. Alexander Massialas — Men’s Fencing
    Massialas is a California native who is currently the top-ranked American on the senior circuit and 11th on the world circuit. A specialist in foil fencing, this 18-year-old is the youngest-ever U.S. Foil Fencing Champion. Massialas grew up watching fencing, and his dad is even one of his coaches. He’s planning on attending Stanford University in the fall.
  6. Evelyn Stevens — Women’s Cycling
    Stevens’ path to the games did not begin with a lifelong dream. Instead, it began on Wall Street five years ago. Working as an investment banker, Stevens was persuaded by her sister to join a cyclocross race and became hooked. Now 29, she’s won several events on many continents and is ready to pedal for the medal.
  7. Allyson Felix — Women’s Track
    Much like Ryan Lochte, Felix will be participating in her third games. A two-time silver medalist in the 200 meters, as well as a gold medalist on the 4 x 400 meters team, the 26-year-old Felix is aiming to up her performance and take home an individual gold. At 5’6” and 115 pounds, Felix can leg press an impressive 700 pounds.
  8. Trey Hardee — Men’s Track
    Hardee is making his second appearance at the games and is a strong contender to take home gold in the decathlon. His resume includes two World Outdoor gold medals and a silver at the 2010 World Indoor Championships. Many consider him the man to beat at this year’s games. Hardee regularly tweets about his training and has his own website.
  9. Misty May-Treanor — Women’s Beach Volleyball
    Treanor is seeking gold with teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings. The pair is looking to become the first duo to win three straight. Treanor is working to overcome an Achilles tendon injury, but her vast experience should serve her quite well. She comes by her talent honestly, as her dad was on the 1968 U.S. men’s national volleyball team.
  10. Phil Dalhausser — Men’s Beach Volleyball
    Dalhausser is now competing in his second games, and he and his partner Todd Rogers are the defending champions in men’s beach volleyball. Dalhausser was named tournament MVP in his first games, and the pair will be looking to build upon their 6–1 record from the last games. At 6’9”, it’s no surprise Dalhausser is a leader in blocks.

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