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Olympic Portraits, Part I: American Athletes

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Today's entry comes in the form of two separate portrait series relating to the upcoming London 2012 Summer Olympics. In Part I, below, I focus on athletes from around the United States. Many of the photos are from a recent media summit in Dallas, Texas, where members of the Olympic team posed for photographers before resuming their training. Be sure to also see Part II: Londoners, a look at the locals in the host country. [23 photos]

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Track athlete Bernard Lagat, during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit in Dallas, Texas, on May 14, 2012. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Track athlete Bernard Lagat, during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit in Dallas, Texas, on May 14, 2012. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Fencer Alexander Massialas, on May 13, 2012. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Decathlon athlete Trey Hardee, on May 13, 2012 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Victoria Will) #
Synchronized swimmers Mariya Koroleva (left) and Mary Killman, on May 13, 2012. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Paralympic cyclist Oz Sanchez, on May 15, 2012. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Lauren Crandall of the US Field Hockey Olympic team, on May 13, 2012 (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images) #
Diver Thomas Finchum stretches while posing on May 15, 2012. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Heptathlon athlete Hyleas Fountain (left) and hurdler Lashinda Demus, on May 13, 2012 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Victoria Will) #
Swimmer Eric Shanteau, on May 14, 2012 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Victoria Will) #
Weightlifter Holley Mangold, on May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Victoria Will) #
Soren Thompson at the Camera Club of NY studio in New York, on February 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Dote) #
Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long holds up a gold medal in Dallas, Texas, on May 13, 2012. Long won the gold medal in the Women's 100m Butterfly during the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Diver Cassidy Krug stretches while posing for a portrait, on May 14, 2012. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Modern pentathlon athlete Dennis Bowsher, on May 15, 2012 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Victoria Will) #
Cyclist Dotsie Bausch, on May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Victoria Will) #
Swimmer Brendan Hansen, on May 14, 2012 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Victoria Will) #
Shooting athlete Corey Cogdell, on May 14, 2012. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Track & Field athlete Wallace Spearmon laughs while posing on May 13, 2012. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin, on May 14, 2012. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #
Paralympic cyclist Greta Neimanas, on May 15, 2012 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Victoria Will) #
Rhythmic gymnast Julie Zetlin, on May 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Victoria Will) #
Triathlon athlete Gwen Jorgensen, at the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on Sunday, May 13, 2012 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Victoria Will) #
U.S. gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps, at the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx borough of New York February 7, 2012. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri) #

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