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USA Volleyball announces Line-up for Men's Indoor Team:

U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1. Matt Anderson (Opp, 6-9, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
2. Aaron Russell (OH, 6-9, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State)
3. Taylor Sander (OH, 6-4, Huntington Beach, Calif., BYU)
4. David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
7. Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
8. Reid Priddy (OH, 6-4, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9. Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
10. Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-7, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola of Chicago)
11. Micah Christenson (S, 6-6, Honolulu, Southern California)
17. Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
20. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
22. Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)

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U.S. Olympic Committee Announces 555-Member 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

By United States Olympic Committee | July 23, 2016, 3:45 p.m. (ET)

LOS ANGELES – The United States Olympic Committee today announced the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team that will compete at the upcoming Rio Olympic Games. The 555-member roster is comprised of 263 men and 292 women, marking the most women who have ever competed for any nation in Olympic Games history. The United States will be represented in 27 sports (40 disciplines) and 244 of the 306 medal events that will be contested in Rio.



2016 U.S. Olympic Team Fun Facts

  • The 555-member team is comprised of 263 men and 292 women, marking the most women who have competed for any nation at a single Games and topping the previous mark of 289 (China, 2008). For only the second time in history, the U.S. Olympic roster features more female athletes than male.
  • Team USA will be represented in 27 sports (40 disciplines) and 244 of the 306 medal events to be contested in Rio.
  • The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team features 191 returning Olympians, including three six-time Olympians, seven five-time Olympians, 19 four-time Olympians, 50 three-time Olympians and 112 two-time Olympians.
  • Among the returnees are 108 Olympic medalists, 68 of whom are Olympic champions and 45 who have won multiple Olympic medals. Of the 68 returning Olympic champions, 53 are looking to defend their titles from London, including the following 19 athletes in individual events: 

Nathan Adrian, swimming
Kristin Armstrong, cycling
David Boudia, diving
Jordan Burroughs, wrestling
Gabby Douglas, gymnastics
Ashton Eaton, track and field
Missy Franklin, swimming
Vincent Hancock, shooting
Kayla Harrison, judo
Katie Ledecky, swimming
Michael Phelps, swimming
Aly Raisman, gymnastics
Brittney Reese, track and field
Kim Rhode, shooting
Claressa Shields, boxing
Jenn Suhr, track and field
Christian Taylor, track and field
Serena Williams, tennis
Dana Vollmer, swimming

  • The most decorated male on the U.S. roster is Michael Phelps (22 medals, 18 golds), and the most decorated female is Allyson Felix (6 medals, 4 golds).
  • There are 364 Team USA athletes who are making their Olympic debut in Rio. 
  • Nine athletes on the U.S. roster have competed at the Youth Olympic Games, including 2014 Youth Olympic champion Shakur Stevenson (boxing). Other Youth Olympians to represent Team USA in Rio are Nicole Ahsinger (trampoline gymnastics, 2014), Michael Hixon (diving, 2010), Katharine Holmes (fencing, 2010), Alex Massialas (fencing, 2010), Nathan Schrimsher (modern pentathlon, 2010), Richelle Stephens (rugby, 2014), Laura Zeng (rhythmic gymnastics, 2014) and Lily Zhang (table tennis, 2014).
  • More than 420 members (i.e. 75 percent) of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team competed in collegiate athletics at the varsity and club levels, including 44 athletes in swimming and 125 in track and field. Additionally, for all eligible athletes (i.e. high school graduate and above), the following eight sports had full collegiate participation: basketball (24), diving (10), fencing (14), field hockey (16), indoor volleyball (24), rowing (41), triathlon (6) and water polo (21).
  • Forty-six states are represented – including 125 athletes hailing from California, 40 from Florida, and 33 from Texas – in addition to three from the District of Columbia and one from the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Team USA features one set of twins in tennis players Bob and Mike Bryan. Other team siblings include Aria and Makenzie Fischer (water polo), Courtney and Kelley Hurley (fencing), Margaux and Isabella Isaksen (pentathlon), Julia and Katie Reinprecht (field hockey), Erik and Kawika Shoji (indoor volleyball), and Serena and Venus Williams (tennis).
  • Thirty-five athletes have Olympic family ties, including 12 with parents who competed at the Olympic Games. 
  • Fifty-four members of Team USA have children, including 43 fathers and 11 mothers.
  • Seventeen athletes have military ties, including:

Hillary Bor (track and field, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
Paul Chelimo (track and field, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
Glenn Eller (shooting, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit)
Sean Furey (track and field, U.S. Navy)
Vincent Hancock (shooting, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit)
David Higgins (shooting, U.S. Air Force)
Edward King (rowing, U.S. Navy)
Shadrack Kipchirchir (track and field, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
Leonard Korir (track and field, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
Dan Lowe (shooting, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit)
Michael McPhail (shooting, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit)
John Nunn (track and field, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
Steffen Peters (equestrian, German Army)
Joshua Richmond (shooting, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit)
Keith Sanderson (shooting, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
Nathan Schrimsher (pentathlon, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
Cale Simmons (track and field, U.S. Air Force)

  • The oldest and youngest Olympians on the 2016 Olympic Team – equestrian Phillip Dutton, 52, and table tennis player Kanak Jha, 16 – are separated by 36 years, while the average age of Team USA is 27. Also entering the Rio Games at age 52 are Beezie Madden (equestrian) and Emil Milev (shooting). Other 16-year-olds include Laurie Hernandez (artistic gymnastics), Sydney McLaughlin (track and field) and Laura Zeng (rhythmic gymnastics), with McLaughlin becoming the youngest American athlete to qualify for the Olympic Games in track and field since 1972.
  • Men’s basketball players DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan are the tallest members of Team USA at 6 feet, 11 inches, while artistic gymnast Simone Biles checks in as the shortest team member at 4 feet, 8 inches.


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Leyva will be replacing John Orozco who suffered a torn ACL & meniscus. Biles is a lock for a spot in the all-around whilst the 2nd may be up for grabs between Raisman, Douglas & Hernandez. Kocian will probably be used for uneven bars only considering she is the team's bars specialist and reiging world champion on the event.

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Hi to all US sports fans,

for those of you who supports US athletes in all sports, you can join the United States National Thread on Totallympics, http://totallympics.com/index.php?/topic/312-united-states-national-thread/. We gather sport fans from all around the world and each nation has its own National Thread where sport fans from that nation can discuss with predictions and live comments. You are also invited on Totallympics to discuss in all other threads and follow Rio 2016 with us! Thanks :)

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