The 2008 Summer Olympic Games begin today. Though there will be the non-stop coverage of the tiniest squabbles related to political differences, the spirit of the games will rise above philosophical differences so we can celebrate the world's top athletes competing for their countries.
Southern California athletes are ready to compete in Beijing. Some of the Olympians who have So Cal ties are:
- Brooke Abel - Synchronized Swimming
- Charlotte Craig - Tae Kwon Do
- Lindsay Davenport - Tennis
- Maurice Edu - Men's Soccer
- Torri Edwards - Track and Field
- Valerie Gotay - Judo
- Ryan Hall - Marathon
- Sarah Hammer - Cycling
- Chaunte Howard - Track and Field
- Meghan Kinney - Synchronized Swimming
- Lynette Lim - Swimming
- Josiah Ng - Cycling (former So Cal resident competing for Malaysia)
- Brenda Shinn - 10-Meter Air Pistol
- Marcie Van Dusen - Freestyle Wrestling
If I've left out anyone, please let me know. I hope you'll join me in cheering on these and all members of the U.S. team.
Everyone ready, and... "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!"