Olympic Athletes from Northeast Ohio

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Ohio may not have the number of Olympic athletes that Colorado and Southern California have, but the Buckeye State can be proud of the athletes it’s sending to Beijing, led by the king himself – LeBron James.

LeBron James: Basketball

A veteran of the 2004 Bronze Medal team, LeBron is co-captain this time around. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ star is also a starter for the Beijing Games and has been quoted as saying the U.S. men’s basketball team will be bringing home the gold this time. Let’s hope he’s right.

Mark Gangloff: Swimming

Twenty-six-year-old Olympic veteran Mark Gangloff is a graduate of Akron’s Firestone High School. He finished second in the men’s 100m breast stroke event at the U.S. Olympic Trials Swim Meet to earn a trip to the Beijing games. He’ll also be competing in the men’s 4x100m medley relay.

Becky Kim: Synchronized Swimming

Kim was born in Euclid and graduated from The Ohio State University. She is part of the U.S. synchorized swimming team and is making her Olympic debut in Beijing.

Raynell Williams: Boxing

Cleveland’s own Raynell Williams is heading for Beijing in boxing. The 19-year-old featherweight is a graduate of Cleveland’s C.A.S.T.L.E High School Academy. He is also a two-time National Silver Gloves Champion and came in second in the 2007 Golden Gloves Championship and the Olympic Team Trial event.

Andy Hrovat: Wrestling

Olympic rookie Andy Hrovat is a graduate of Lakewood’s St. Edward High School. The 28-year-old freestyle wrestler won the U.S. Olympic trials and with it an opportunity to compete in Beijing. While at St. Ed’s, Hrovat was twice OHSAA State Champion.

Josh McAdams: Track

and Field

McAdams is competing in the steeplechase event in Beijing, his first Olympics. A graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, McAdams was the 2006 and 2007 National NCAA champion as well as the gold medalist at the 2007 Pan-American Games.

Matt LaPorta:


This 25-year-old outfielder is one of the newest members of the Cleveland Indians organization, a part of the deal that sent C.C. Sabathia to Milwaukee. LaPorte is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he was 2005 and 2007 SEC Player of the Year. He currently plays for the Akron Aeros and will represent the U.S. as part of the U.S. Olympic baseball team.

Courtesy of the About.com Guide to Cleveland

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