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Our Top Local Olympic Hopefuls in the Summer Games (Besides Katie Ledecky)

Our Top Local Olympic Hopefuls in the Summer Games (Besides Katie Ledecky)
Root for Katharine Holmes, the third-ranked women's fencer in the US and graduate of the National Cathedral School, during the Summer Games. Photograph by Jonathan Newton/Washington Post/Getty Images.

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Katharine Holmes

The third-ranked women’s fencer in the US, Holmes, 22, took childhood lessons at the Chevy Chase Fencing Club and graduated from National Cathedral School.

Matthew Centrowitz

Matthew Centrowitz is a 26-year-old runner from Maryland. Photograph by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC.
Matthew Centrowitz is a 26-year-old runner from Maryland. Photograph by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC.

The 26-year-old runner from Maryland recently won his third Wanamaker mile—against the country’s top track-and-field talent—and will likely compete for gold in the 1,500-meter.

Kate Ziegler

Kate Ziegler, who grew up in Great Falls, is competing for her third time in the Summer Olympics. Photograph of Ziegler by Adam Pretty/Getty Images .
Kate Ziegler, who grew up in Great Falls, is competing for her third time in the Summer Olympics. Photograph of Ziegler by Adam Pretty/Getty Images .

After disappointing results in the past two Olympics, the 27-year-old distance swimmer, who grew up in Great Falls, is looking to bounce back in Rio.

Gary Antuanne Russell

Gary Antuanne Russell will be a newcomer to the Summer Games if he finishes first or second in a May tournament. Photograph of Russell by Bob Davis.
This will be Gary Antuanne Russell’s first time in the Summer Games. Photograph of Russell by Bob Davis.

If the 19-year-old boxer from Capitol Heights finishes first or second in a May tournament in Azerbaijan, he’ll represent the United States in Rio.

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This article appears in our June 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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Jackson Knapp
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