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2012 London Olympics Preview: Kansas City Has 11 Local Athletes Heading To London

Kansas City will be represented in London by 11 athletes who have ties to the area.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19:  Condensation is seen on an Olympic rings 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 an Olympic rings logo outside the Olympic Stadium on March 19, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The London Olympics are one week away with the opening ceremonies beginning on Friday July 27. The best athletes from all across the globe will be competing for an Olympic gold medal, and there will be 11 athletes who have ties to Kansas City attending the games.

Athlete Hometown College Event Notes
James Harden Oklahoma City Thunder Arizona State Basketball
Maurice Mitchell Raytown, MO Florida State Track & Field 200m
Shannon Vreeland Overland Park, KS Georgia Swimming 800 Free Relay
Will Newell Oklahoma City, OK Harvard Rowing
Erik Kynard Manhattan, KS Kansas State Track & Field High Jump
Isiah Young Junction City, KS Ole Miss Track & Field 200m
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder Texas Basketball
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder UCLA Basketball
Matt Tegenkamp Lee's Summit, MO Wisconsin Track & Field 1000m
Christian Cantwell Jefferson City, MO Missouri Track & Field Shot Put

For more on Kansas City-area athletes in London stay tuned to SB Nation Kansas City's StoryStream, and head over to SB Nation's Olympic hub for even more news.

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