The 2012 Summer Olympics are well underway. They have been exceedingly exciting, especially for the United States of America, who have won an impressive array of medals and have put on incredible displays of athleticism. Fortunately, it has been an even more exciting to be an Ohioan, like myself, because of the large number of Ohio athlete competing in the games. Many of these Ohio athletes are performing superbly. My top five Ohioan Olympians are listed and described below:
Although he may not be the most popular Ohioan, LeBron James , is an elite and highly decorated professional basketball player, whose play is almost unparalleled. He is a three-time NBA MVP, a gold medalist in 2008, and a bronze medalist in 2004. He will definitely lead the American Olympic basketball team to greatness.
Justin Lester is another Ohio Olympian who hails form Akron, like James. He is ranked number one in the world in his weight class, 66 kg/145.5 lbs, in Greco-Roman wrestling, is a two time bronze medalist in the World-Championships, and was a four-time state champion at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, where he attended high school. He will be exciting to watch and hopefully he brings home a medal. He will compete on August 12.
Terrell Gausha, a 24-year-old Cleveland native, was chosen to represent the USA in the London Olympics. He is the reigning middleweight boxing champion of the US with two national championships. Unfortunately, he was defeated by India's boxing phenomenon Vijender in a close match that was decided by one point. Despite this loss he has been a fun boxer to watch.
Abby Johnston is an Ohioan who has already won herself a silver medal in 3-meter synchronized diving. She is an incredible athlete from Upper Arlington Ohio. Her graceful and exuberant style was great to watch.
Kayla Harrison's story is tragic yet miraculous. She has bounced back from her past experiences as a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of one of her judo coaches to win a gold medal in the 172-pound division at this year's Olympics. This is the first ever gold medal that the USA has won in judo. She is from Middletown, Ohio.
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