10 Amazing American Olympians That You Probably Never Heard Of
10. Logan Dooley- Trampoline
Logan Dooley is 29 years old and represented Team USA in trampoline at the Rio Olympics. While Logan placed 11th at the qualifiers and could not move in, he still is an amazing athlete. Logan has represented Team USA in many international meets including the Pan American Games. He won gold in synchro and bronze in individual. Fun fact: he has fractured his sternum.
9. Claressa Shields- Boxing
Claressa Shields represented Team USA in boxing at the Rio Olympics. Claressa was the first woman to win Olympic gold in boxing at the 2012 Olympics. Then in 2016 she was the first woman to win back-to-back gold. She competed in the middleweight class. Claressa is from Flint Michigan and has had a tough upbringing. There is a documentary about her called T-Rex. The documentary is available on Netflix. Universal Pictures has bought the rights to a movie about Claressa's life, a release date has not yet been stated.
8. Kassidy Cook- Diving
Kassidy Cook is 21 years old and represented USA in the Rio Olympics. She placed 13th in 3-meter springboard. She has been a member of the United States Diving Team since 2010. She began diving at age 3 and is now studying communication at Stanford. She missed the 2012 Olympic games by one spot. Fun fact: she will not go to public bathrooms by herself because she is afraid of being kidnapped.
6. Kendrick Farris- Weightlifting
Kendrick Farris represented the USA in the Rio Olympics in the 94kg/207lb weightlifting weight class. He was the only male weightlifter from the USA. Kendrick made his first international debut in 2004 as a junior. At the 2008 Olympics games, Kendrick placed eighth in the 85kg/187lb weight class. At the 2012 Olympic games, he placed tenth in the same weight class. He won the 94kg/207lb weight class at the 2016 Pan American games. He placed 11th in the 2016 games. He had a low total than he usually lifts.
5. Helen Maroulis- Wrestling
Helen Maroulis represented the USA at the Rio Olympics in the 53kg/117lb freestyle wrestling class. This was her first Olympic appearance. Helen won Gold in the 2015 World Championships, Silver in 2014 and Bronze in 2013 all in the 55kg/121lb weight class. She also won Gold at the 2011 Guadalajara Pan American games.
4. Connor Fields- BMX
Connor Fields represented USA in BMX at the Rio Olympics. He placed seventh in the 2012 Olympics. Connor is originally from Las Vegas. He started competing in BMX at age 8. Fun fact: he had a spleen laceration in 2009. He also used to play basketball, but had to stop after tearing three ligaments in his ankle during a game in 2012.
3. Morghan King- Weightlifting
Morghan King represented the USA in the 48kg/106lb weightlifting weight class. She finished sixth in Rio. She clean and jerked over double her body weight with a 100kg/220lb lift. Morghan is a 31 year old Seattle, Washington native, but now trains at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In 2015 she placed fourth at the Pan American games.
2. Sam Dorman and Michael Hixon- Synchronized 3-meter diving
Sam Dorman and Michael Hixon represented USA in 3-meter synchronized diving at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The duo finished with silver medals. They had only been working together for a few months before the Olympic trials. Neither had finished in the top 15 before becoming synchro partners. Dorman is a 25-year-old Tempe, AZ native who attended the University of Miami. In 2015 he was the NCAA 3-meter champion.
1. Shakur Stevenson- Boxing
Shakur Stevenson represented USA in the 56kg boxing weight class at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Shakur is a 19 year old New Jersey native. He won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics. Floyd Mayweather has called Shakur "the next Mayweather". Shakur had a very successful Youth and Junior career. He began boxing at age 5. Fun fact: he is one of nine siblings.
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