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Bruce Jenner was 1 of the greatest athletes in the 1970s. He won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. In contrast to most globe-class decathletes, he did not train with American decathletes. He told a reporter: “If you train with a decathlon man, you can´t visualize that you can do considerably superior. But If you throw the discus with Mac Wilkins or throw the shot with Al Feuerbach, then they are wenty feet ahead of me. You discover considerably much more that away”. He was born on October 28, 1949 in Mount Kisco, New York.

This Olympic nation has several sports icons: David Juarez (cycling/ California), James (“Jim”) Ray Hines (athletics /Arkansas), Kurt Bilteaux Thomas (gymnastics/ Florida), Tiger Woods (golf/ California), Jim Thorpe/ Oklahoma), Babe Ruth (baseball/ Maryland), Bob Cousy (basketball/ New York), Jesse Owens (track & field/ Alabama), Ricardo Juarez (boxing/ Texas), Michael Spinks (boxing/ Missouri), Edwin Moses (track & field/ Ohio), Rulon Gardner (wrestling/ Wyoming), Brett Favre (American football/ Mississippi), Lance Armstrong (cycling/ Texas), Duke Kahanamoku (swimming/ Hawaii), Carl Lewis (track & field /Alabama), Wilma Glodean Rudolph (athletics/ Tennessee), Larry Joe Bird (basketball/ Indiana) John Constantine “Johnny” Unitas (American football/ Pennsylvania), Michael Jordan (basketball/ New York), Billie Jean King (tennis/ California), Denton Accurate “Cy” Young (baseball/ Ohio), Mildred 'Babe' Didrikson Zaharias (golf & athletics/ Texas), Richard Douglas (“Dick”) Fosbury (athletics/ Oregon), Bob Beamon (track & field/ New York), Mark Andrew Spitz (swimming/ California), Pete Sampras (tennis/ Washington, D.C) and Tony Azevedo (water polo/ California).

Mebrahtom Keflezighi won the silver medal in the marathon at the 2004 Olympic Games held in Athens (Greece). Born in Eritrea -an African nation devastated by poverty-, he became an American citizen in 1998.

From 1979 to 1998, Tom Tellez was 1 of the most effective coaches in the globe. Acording to Dennis Darling: “He is 1 of the greatest coaches in the history of track and field.He's been right here a extended time, and he sacrificed a lot to coach us. He loves the sport, and he wanted to go out on a very good note and he did that.” Tom Tellez was head coach for the 1991 American national group that competed in the Planet Track & Field Championships in Japan. Frederick Carlton Lewis (“Athlete of the 20th Century “), Frank Rutherford, Leroy Burrell , Joe DeLoach , Dwight Stones,James Butts, Mike Tully and Willy Banks have been coached by Tellez. He retired from the sport in May perhaps 1998. Tellez as soon as mentioned: “I've devoted most of my life, more than 40 years, to coaching. It is been much more than a job. It is been a thing I loved.” He was born in Puerto Rico.

The USA has several foreign-born athletes: Rami Zur (canoeing/ Israel), Jasna Reed (table tennis/ Yugoslavia), Dikembe Mutombo(basketball/ Democratic Republic of the Congo), Gao Jun Chang (table tennis/ China), Hakeem Olajuwon (basketball/ Nigeria), Jorge Zamora (chess/ Honduras), Arturo Barrios (track & field/ Mexico), Ruth Nortje (kayak/ South Africa), Freddy Adu (soccer/ Ghana), Jaime Nieto (track & field/ Dominican Republic), Maria Trujillo (athletics/ Mexico), Patrick Ewing (basketball/ Jamaica), Lenny Krayzelburg (swimming/ Ukraine), Sanya Richards (track & field/ Jamaica) and Abdihakem Abdiram (athletics/ Somalia).

This North American nation sent 194 sportswomen to the Olympics in 1984.The U.S. delegation had female athletes competing in 15 sports : archery (three), athletics(47), basketball (12), kayak (four), cycling (four), equestrian (eight), fencing (five), gymnastics (eight), handball (15), field hockey (16), rowing (25), shooting (six), swimming (25), tennis (four) and volleyball (12).

James Gilkes was educated by American coaches. From 1975 to 1990, he was the most renowned sportspeople in the Republic Socialist of Guyana (South America).

This nation won 174 medals at the 1984 Olympic Games. These Olympics have been the most effective in the history of the United States.

The United States has much more Olympic stadiums than any other city in the globe.

The Bolivian women`s basketball group was coached by Paul Gonzalez, who was born in the United States. For the 1st time, Bolivia won the gold medal in the basketball in the Bolivarian Games in 1977.

The USA has renowned sportswomen: Evelyn Ashford (athletics/ Olympic gold medalist, 1984), Gail Devers (track & field/ Olympic gold medalist, 1992 and 1996), Teresa Edwards (basketball/ Olympic gold medalist, 1984, 1988, 1996 and 2000), Janet Evans (swimming/ Olympic gold medalist, 1988 and 1992), Mia Hamm (soccer/ Olympic gold medalist, 1996 and 2004), Mary Lou Retton (gymnastics/ Olympic gold medalist, 1984), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (track & field/ Olympic gold medalist, 1988 and 1992), Nancy Johnson ( shooting/ Olympic gold medalist, 2000), Tara Nott (weightlifting/ Olympic gold medalist, 2000), Kim Rhode (shooting/ Olympic gold medalist, 1996 and 2004), Tara Lipinski (skating/ Olympic gold medalist, 1998) and Kerry Walsh (beach volleyball/ Olympic gold medalist, 2004) and Mariel Zagunis (fencing/ Olympic gold medalist, 2004).

Tony Azevedo has Brazilian origin. This sportsman was born on November 21, 1981 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). He resides in Lengthy Beach, California. Viewed as by several swimming authorities to be the most versatile American water polo player, Azevedo won a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. Below his brilliant leadership, the United States defeated the host nation 9-three in the final. He was member of American Olympic teams in Sydney'2000 and Athens'2004.

This North American nation has hosted many Olympics:

-The III Summer time Olympics in St.Louis, Missouri

-The III Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York

-The X Summer time Olympics in Los Angeles, California

-The VIII Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California

-The XIII Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York

-The XXIII Summer time Olympics in Los Angeles, California

-The XXVI Summer time Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia

-The XIX Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah

Mary Lou Retton was educated by Bela Karolyi, who found Nadia Comaneci, 1 of the most effective gymnast in the history

David “Tinker” Juarez (cyclist) and Ricardo Juarez (boxer) have Mexican ancestry. David won a gold medal at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina.

The American group won 13 gold medals at the 1982 FINA Planet Championship in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The globe champions have been: Tracy Ruiz, Megan Neyer, Greg Louganis, Steve Lundquist, Matt Gribbe, Andrew Gaines, Rick Carey, Mary Meagher and Kimberley Linehan.

In the 1980s, the Women`s Sports Fundation established the Flora Hyman Trophy to the sportswoman who has exemplified Hyman's “dignity, spirit and commitment to excellence.” Who was Flora “Flo” Hyman? She was 1 of the greatest volleyball players in the history of the game. Flora Jean Hyman loved her sport with a excellent passion. She as soon as mentioned: “You are only young as soon as, and you can only do this as soon as” In 1973, Flora played for the United States for the firs time. Just after that she played for her nation several occasions and in 1978 she was 1 of the most effective blockers at the Planet Championship in the USSR. According to sportswriter Nancy Foley ,”Hyman was identified for her awe-inspiring spiking skills, her equally sturdy defensive capabilities, and her individual integrity and charisma”. Surely, she had several fans at the Planet Championships in Lima, Peru. Her teammate Rita Crockett mentioned, “There has been no one even to examine to her. Even to this day I've under no circumstances observed everyone superior. “She was the great part model. She was an perfect individual, not just in sports, but in almost everything.” In addition, Arie Selinger -1 of the most effective coaches in the globe- known as her “The Goddess of Volleyball.”

Date birth: July 31, 1954

Date died: January 24, 1986

Spot birth: Inglewood, California

Education: University of Texas

Olympic teammates: Rose Magers, Rita Crockett, Carolyn Becker and Paula Weishoff

Coaches: Park Moo (1973-1975) and Arie Selinger (1975-1984)

Overall performance:

1973: Summer time Universiade

1974: Planet Championship-12th spot

1975: NORCECA Tournament-2nd spot Pan American Games-6th spot

1976: Pre-Olympic Tournament

1977: NORCECA Tournament-2nd spot Planet Cup-7th spot Summer time Universiade

1978: Planet Championship-5th spot

1979: NORCECA Tournament-2nd spot Pan American Games-4th spot

1980: USA certified for the Olympic Games (it did not participate)

1981: Planet Cup-4th spot NORCECA Tournament-1st spot

1982: Planet Championship-3rd spot

1983: NORCECA Tournament-1st spot Pan American Games-2nd spot

1984: Olympic Games-2nd spot