Miranda Leek – Texas A&M University: Archery
Leek began her archery career in 1998, and is attending Texas A&M University in the fall—after her trip to London in July of course. She won the only guaranteed female spot on the U.S. archery team on June 3. Besides hitting every target put in front of her, Leek also enjoys playing the piano and was treated to an advanced screening of the movie Brave, along with six other Olympic archers, and reportedly enjoyed it.
Miranda Leek aims for the target during the women’s bronze medal match against Germany at the archery World Cup at Lindquist Field.
Sam Mikulak – University of Michigan: Gymnastics
Mikulak began his gymnastics career at the age of 2, and is currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan. He earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team despite spraining his ankle during the opening round of trials, and will be joined in London by his current Michigan teammate, Syque Caesar, who will represent Bangladesh.
Caitlin Leverenz – University of California – Berkeley: Swimming
Leverenz was one of the top swimming recruits in the nation as a high school senior and is currently slated to graduate in 2013 from the University of California – Berkeley. She is good friends with Elizabeth Beisel, and her favorite show is MythBusters.
Jacob Dalton – University of Oklahoma: Gymnastics
Dalton began his gymnastics career in 1996 and currently competes for the University of Oklahoma. His favorite foods include pizza and ramen noodles, and he told NBC that he was inspired by the gymnastics film American Anthem when he was 7 years old.
Jacob Dalton performs on the pommel horse during the 2012 USA Gymnastics Olympic Team Trials at HP Pavilion.
Elizabeth Beisel – University of Florida: Swimming
Beisel made her Olympic debut in high school at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and currently attends the University of Florida. Beisel is also a talented violin player and hopes to be a sports commentator after she finishes her swimming career.
Race Imboden – University of Notre Dame: Fencing
Imboden is from Brooklyn, N.Y., and will compete in the men’s foil event in his first Olympic games. This past year, he interned at a record label. His passion for music began at a young age and he said he enjoys all genres of music from reggae to country to hip-hop.
Rachel Bootsma – University of California – Berkeley: Swimming
Bootsma is a first-time Olympic athlete and will compete in London in the 100-meter backstroke. Rachel has one cat named Rosie and always wears the same earrings during swim meets.
Rachel Bootsma competes in the womens 200m IM during the finals of the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
Breeja Larson – Texas A&M University: Swimming
Larson qualified for her first Olympic games and will swim in the 100-meter breaststroke. Larson started swimming competitively three years ago and is the second oldest of seven girls in her family.
Tony McQuay – University of Florida: Track and field
McQuay qualified for the Olympic Games in the men’s 400 meters. This is his first time on the U.S. Olympic track and field team. In June, McQuay won the 400 meters at the NCAA championships.
Nick McCrory – Duke University: Diving
McCrory placed second at the U.S. Olympic team trials, earning him a spot on the men’s diving team. He will compete in the men’s 10-meter platform. The Olympic blood runs in his family — his uncle swam for Great Britain in the 1976 Olympics and won a bronze medal in swimming.
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