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US sends second largest delegation

The United States is sending its second largest delegation with 613 athletes to the Olympics, which begin on July 23 in Tokyo. This was announced by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOBC) on Tuesday. The United States has sent more athletes only once before. In 1996, Atlanta hosted the Games and 648 American athletes competed.

For the third game in a row, the U.S. Olympic team, which includes 56 Olympic champions, has more women (329) (284) than men.

Eight members have already competed in the four Olympics: riders Stephen Peters and McLean Ward, basketball players Sue Bird and Diana Theura, athletes Abdi Abdrahman and Alison Felix, fencing star Mariel Jagunis and water polo player Jesse Smith.

Sue Bird and Diana Dura are aiming for their fifth consecutive gold medal with the women’s basketball team.

The youngest athlete on the delegation is 15-year-old swimmer Katie Grimes. Rider Philip Dutton (57) is the oldest. He has made six appearances in sports, the first three times (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004) for his home Australia.

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