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June 19, 2008



These Olympians wore red, white, and blue, but won gold

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Entering this summer's Beijing Olympics, the US is easily the all-time leader in number of medals won: 2,112. (The Soviet Union, although no longer intact, remains a distant second with 1,234.) Some notable contributors to the US will be feted Thursday as the US Olympic Committee inducts its newest class of Hall of Famers in Chicago's Harris Theater. At this point, the hall exists only on paper. For a number of years, no athletes, coaches, or contributors were added to the rolls until a new sponsor stepped forward in 2004. Now, a new class is named every other year. The newest US Olympic Hall of Fame athletes, coaches, and team, with the sport each represents:

  • Karch Kiraly volleyball
  • Bruce Baumgartner wrestling
  • Joan Benoit Samuelson track and field
  • Brian Boitano figure skating
  • Oscar de la Hoya boxing
  • J. Michael Plumb equestrian
  • David Robinson basketball
  • Amy Van Dyken swimming
  • Lones W. Wigger Jr. shooting
  • John Morgan paralympic swimming
  • Carlo Fassi figure skating coach
  • Carol Heiss Jenkins (veteran) figure skating
  • 1996 women's gymnastics team
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