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Olympics 2012 Preview: 20 Atlanta Area Athletes Competing In London

Atlanta will be represented well at the 2012 London Olympic Games as 20 area athletes will be participating.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19:  Condensation is seen on the London Olympic logo outside the Olympic Stadium on March 19, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Condensation is seen on the London Olympic logo outside the Olympic Stadium on March 19, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The 2012 London Olympic Games begin with the opening ceremonies on Friday July 27 and there are 20 athletes who either are from the Atlanta area or went to college participating in the Olympics.

Athlete Hometown College Event Notes
Eric Shanteau Snellville, GA Auburn Swimming 100 Breast
George Kitchens Jr Hephzibah, GA Clemson Track & Field Long Jump
Christian Taylor Fayetteville, GA Florida Track & Field Triple Jump
Erick Hurd Woodstock, GA Gaston College Canoeing c-1 slalom, c-2 slalom
Kathleen Hersey Athens, GA Georgia Swimming 200 Butterfly
Reese Hoffa Evans, GA Georgia Track & Field Shot Put
Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream Louisville Basketball
Jeff Larimer Marietta, GA n/a Canoeing c-1 slalom, c-2 slalom
Aries Merritt Marietta, GA Tennessee Track & Field 110m Hurdles
Tim Hornsby Atlanta, GA UC-San Diego Canoeing k-1 200m
Andrew Gemmell Columbia, MD Georgia Swimming 1500 Free
Shannon Vreeland Overland Park, KS Georgia Swimming 800 Free Relay
Chaunte Lowe Riverside, CA Georgia Tech Track & Field High Jump
Amanda Weir Davenport, IA Georgia Swimming 400 Free Relay
John Isner Greensboro, NC Georgia Tennis
Hyleas Fountain Columbus, GA Georgia Track & Field Heptathlon
Kara Lynn Joyce Brooklyn, NY Georgia Swimming 50 Free
Allison Schmitt Pittsburgh, PA Georgia Swimming 400 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay
Chris Colwill Brandon, FL Georgia Diving 3m Springboard
Angelo Taylor Albany, GA Georgia Tech Track & Field 400m Hurdies

For more on the 2012 London Games, follow SB Nation Atlanta's StoryStream for updates on all local athletes, and check out SB Nation's Olympics hub for even more Olympic coverage.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.