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10 Texas Olympians to Keep an Eye on in Rio


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Forget the overblown Zika virus scares and accompanying petitions to move the 2016 Summer Olympics elsewhere. The Games are set to remain in Rio de Janeiro starting on August 5th, with over two weeks of competitions in 38 venues in 6 different cities. More than a few Texans are heading south to represent the U.S.A. in vying for medals. With several teams already chosen and the Track and Field and Swimming Trials fast-approaching, here's are some superhumans to watch out for. 

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Courtney and Kelly Hurley 

Hailing from San Antonio's own Warren High School, this pair of fencing sisters is poised to thrust their sabres at their second Olympic Games. The two previously competed in the London competition and received bronze team medals, continuing the family fencing tradition initiated by their parents' participation in the sport.

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Steven Lopez
The United States' most decorated taekwondo athlete grew up only a stone's throw away from San Antonio. A native of Sugar Land, he's won five world championships and two gold medals, and is currently ranked #10 in the world by the World Taekwondo Federation.

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Tamika Catchings

Fresh off here recent marriage, this Dallas-born WNBA legend and player with the first ever recorded quintuple-double will attend her fourth Olympic Games this summer. After hopefully securing her fourth gold Olympic medal, Catchings plans to retire from basketball after returning from Rio.

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Marlen Esparza

This five-time Houston Fighter of the Year won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the first competition that recognized women's boxing as an official sport. Undoubtedly, she will continue to make history in Brazil this year in the flyweight division.

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Dana Vollmer

Yet another competitive athlete who got their start in the DFW area, Dana Vollmer is coming out of a supposed retirement and the birth of her first child to compete in the coming U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials. Coming off of three gold medals and two world records in London, she's expected to make a strong showing and qualify yet again.

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Jimmy Feigen

A graduate of San Antonio's own Churchill High School, Jimmy Feigen won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games as part of the 4x100 relay team. He is expected to show well once again in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100m and 50m freestyle races.

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Trey Hardee

A UT alum and current Austin resident, Hardee is a silver medal decathlete looking to show off his stamina in the upcoming U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials for a coveted spot on the national team.

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Claire Donahue

After swimming in the preliminary heats of the 4x100m medley relay in London and earning a gold medal, Dallas-born Claire Donahue has been improving upon her butterfly technique. Looking to improve upon her seventh place showing in the 100m butterfly race four years ago, she's one to look out for.

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Brittney Griner

Born in Houston and rising to fame during her time playing at Baylor, Brittney Griner has broken college records with her blocking and dunking abilities. The 6-foot 8-inch tall athlete will compete as a center for the Women's National Team at her first Olympic Games.

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Sanya Richards-Ross

Currently residing in Austin after leaving UT during her sophomore year, Sanya Richards-Ross is considered by many to be the world's best female 400m runner. After taking the bronze in Beijing and two golds in London, she will compete for a last time to qualify to run in Rio before retiring.

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