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  • Fans cheer and shower Anna Li with confetti in Aurora. Li was chosen as an alternate member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for the upcoming London Olympic Games.

       Fans cheer and shower Anna Li with confetti in Aurora. Li was chosen as an alternate member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for the upcoming London Olympic Games.
    John McGillen | Staff Photographer

  • Fans mob Anna Li during a sendoff celebration in Aurora. Li who was chosen as an alternate member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for the upcoming London Olympic Games.

       Fans mob Anna Li during a sendoff celebration in Aurora. Li who was chosen as an alternate member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for the upcoming London Olympic Games.
    John McGillen | Staff Photographer

  • Anna Li, who was chosen as an alternate member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for the upcoming London Olympic Games, stands before a gym full of fans during a sendoff celebration in Aurora .

       Anna Li, who was chosen as an alternate member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for the upcoming London Olympic Games, stands before a gym full of fans during a sendoff celebration in Aurora .
    John McGillen | Staff Photographer

  • Sean Rooney of Team USA spikes the ball by Russia's Sergey Tetyukhin, left, and Alexey Kazakov during the final round of the 2009 FIVB World League Volleyball match in Belgrade, Serbia.

      Sean Rooney of Team USA spikes the ball by Russia's Sergey Tetyukhin, left, and Alexey Kazakov during the final round of the 2009 FIVB World League Volleyball match in Belgrade, Serbia.
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  • Anna Li, who was chosen last Sunday as an alternate member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for the upcoming London Olympic Games, was presented an award by Mayor Weisner during a sendoff celebration in Aurora.

       Anna Li, who was chosen last Sunday as an alternate member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for the upcoming London Olympic Games, was presented an award by Mayor Weisner during a sendoff celebration in Aurora.
    John McGillen | Staff Photographer

  • Prairie Ridge soccer player Amy LePeilbet moves the ball against Crystal Lake South in 1999. LePeilbet, of Crystal Lake, is now a defender on the U.S. Women's Soccer Team.

      Prairie Ridge soccer player Amy LePeilbet moves the ball against Crystal Lake South in 1999. LePeilbet, of Crystal Lake, is now a defender on the U.S. Women's Soccer Team.
    DAILY HERALD FILE

  • USA hitter Sean Rooney, a native of Wheaton, smashes a shot against Cuba during the gold medal game of the NORCECA Volleyball Championship in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

      USA hitter Sean Rooney, a native of Wheaton, smashes a shot against Cuba during the gold medal game of the NORCECA Volleyball Championship in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Naperville native and Los Angeles Sparks' Candace Parker poses for photos during the WNBA basketball team's media day in Inglewood, Calif., Monday, May 10, 2010.

      Naperville native and Los Angeles Sparks' Candace Parker poses for photos during the WNBA basketball team's media day in Inglewood, Calif., Monday, May 10, 2010.
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  • Evan Jager of Jacobs High School wins the 3,200 meter run during the state boys track finals at Charleston in May 2007.

      Evan Jager of Jacobs High School wins the 3,200 meter run during the state boys track finals at Charleston in May 2007.
    DAILY HERALD FILE

  • In this Sept. 20, 2009, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks' Candace Parker leaps out of bounds to try to save an errant pass against the Seattle Storm during the first quarter in Game 3 of a WNBA first-round basketball series, in Seattle.

      In this Sept. 20, 2009, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks' Candace Parker leaps out of bounds to try to save an errant pass against the Seattle Storm during the first quarter in Game 3 of a WNBA first-round basketball series, in Seattle.
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  • Team USA's Sylvia Fowles grabs a rebound over WNBA All-Stars' Penny Taylor during the second half of the USA's 99-72 victory in their basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., on Saturday, July 10, 2010. Fowles scored a game-high 23 points and had eight rebounds in the game.

      Team USA's Sylvia Fowles grabs a rebound over WNBA All-Stars' Penny Taylor during the second half of the USA's 99-72 victory in their basketball game in Uncasville, Conn., on Saturday, July 10, 2010. Fowles scored a game-high 23 points and had eight rebounds in the game.
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  • Sean Rooney, a graduate of Wheaton-Warrenville High school plays in 2006 at North Avenue Beach in Chicago. He is a four-time All-American and played in the 2006 AVP tour in Chicago.

      Sean Rooney, a graduate of Wheaton-Warrenville High school plays in 2006 at North Avenue Beach in Chicago. He is a four-time All-American and played in the 2006 AVP tour in Chicago.
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  • Chicago Sky's Swin Cash, center, and Sylvia Fowles, left, battle for a rebound against Minnesota Lynx's Taj McWilliams-Franklin during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Saturday June 23, 2012, in Minneapolis.

      Chicago Sky's Swin Cash, center, and Sylvia Fowles, left, battle for a rebound against Minnesota Lynx's Taj McWilliams-Franklin during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Saturday June 23, 2012, in Minneapolis.
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  • Crystal Lake native Amy LePeilbet of Team USA plays against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final at WWC Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany.

      Crystal Lake native Amy LePeilbet of Team USA plays against Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final at WWC Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany.
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  • Chicago Sky's Sylvia Fowles, right, battles Connecticut Sun's Kalana Greene for a rebound during the fourth quarter of a WNBA basketball game, Friday, June 10, 2011, in Rosemont, Ill. Chicago won 78-75.

      Chicago Sky's Sylvia Fowles, right, battles Connecticut Sun's Kalana Greene for a rebound during the fourth quarter of a WNBA basketball game, Friday, June 10, 2011, in Rosemont, Ill. Chicago won 78-75.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Evan Jager celebrates after winning the men's 3000 meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Eugene, Ore.

      Evan Jager celebrates after winning the men's 3000 meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Eugene, Ore.
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  • Team USA's Sean Rooney, who attended Wheaton Warrenville South, looks to serve the ball in lost to Finland in the FIVB World League volleyball competition opening match in 3-2 sets at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates .

      Team USA's Sean Rooney, who attended Wheaton Warrenville South, looks to serve the ball in lost to Finland in the FIVB World League volleyball competition opening match in 3-2 sets at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates .
    DAILY HERALD FILE

  • Sarah Zelenka of Itasca qualified to compete in pairs rowing for the 2012 summer Olympics in London.

      Sarah Zelenka of Itasca qualified to compete in pairs rowing for the 2012 summer Olympics in London.
    COURTESY OF ZELENKA FAMILY

  • Evan Jager of Jacobs High School leads the pack during a distance race at the 2007 state boys track finals at Charleston.

      Evan Jager of Jacobs High School leads the pack during a distance race at the 2007 state boys track finals at Charleston.
    DAILY HERALD FILE

  • Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, right, drives on New York Liberty forward Essence Carson during the second half of a WNBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game in Indianapolis on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. Indiana won 75-67. Catchings led Fever scoring with 17.

      Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, right, drives on New York Liberty forward Essence Carson during the second half of a WNBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game in Indianapolis on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. Indiana won 75-67. Catchings led Fever scoring with 17.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Sean Rooney, a graduate of Wheaton-Warrenville High school practices in 2006 at North Avenue Beach in Chicago. He is a four-time All-American and played in the 2006 AVP tour in Chicago.

      Sean Rooney, a graduate of Wheaton-Warrenville High school practices in 2006 at North Avenue Beach in Chicago. He is a four-time All-American and played in the 2006 AVP tour in Chicago.
    DAILY HERALD FILE

  • On Tuesday July 19 2011, Defender Amy Lepeilbet of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team visits "Good Morning America" in New York after their loss to Japan in the 2011 Fifa World Cup finals.

      On Tuesday July 19 2011, Defender Amy Lepeilbet of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team visits "Good Morning America" in New York after their loss to Japan in the 2011 Fifa World Cup finals.
    REUTERS PHOTO

  • The Sky's Swin Cash drives past San Antonio's Jayne Appel, during Chicago Sky vs. San Antonio Silver Stars WNBA action.

      The Sky's Swin Cash drives past San Antonio's Jayne Appel, during Chicago Sky vs. San Antonio Silver Stars WNBA action.
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  • Itasca resident Sarah Zelenka, right, and her rowing partner Sara Hendershot qualified to compete in this year's summer Olympics in London, after winning a trial together on June 14 in New Jersey.

      Itasca resident Sarah Zelenka, right, and her rowing partner Sara Hendershot qualified to compete in this year's summer Olympics in London, after winning a trial together on June 14 in New Jersey.
    COURTESY OF THE ZELENKA FAMILY

  • Sarah Zelenka of Itasca celebrates winning one of several rowing championships she's completed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Now Zelenka has qualifed to compete in pairs rowing this summer at the Olympics in London.

      Sarah Zelenka of Itasca celebrates winning one of several rowing championships she's completed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Now Zelenka has qualifed to compete in pairs rowing this summer at the Olympics in London.
    COURTESY OF THE ZELENKA FAMILY

  • Anna Li performs on the balance beam during the final round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials, Sunday, July 1, 2012, in San Jose, Calif. Li was named to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.

      Anna Li performs on the balance beam during the final round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials, Sunday, July 1, 2012, in San Jose, Calif. Li was named to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.
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  • Japan's Mana Iwabuchi (20) falls to the ground as the United States' Amy LePeilbet (6) chases the ball during the second half of a friendly soccer match in Cary, N.C., Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Team USA won 2-0.

      Japan's Mana Iwabuchi (20) falls to the ground as the United States' Amy LePeilbet (6) chases the ball during the second half of a friendly soccer match in Cary, N.C., Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Team USA won 2-0.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Anna Li hugs her coach after competing on the balance beam during the final round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials, Sunday, July 1, 2012, in San Jose, Calif. Li was named as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.

      Anna Li hugs her coach after competing on the balance beam during the final round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials, Sunday, July 1, 2012, in San Jose, Calif. Li was named as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • In this Sept. 7, 2011, file photo, Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings drives on Washington Mystics' Matee Ajavon during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis.

      In this Sept. 7, 2011, file photo, Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings drives on Washington Mystics' Matee Ajavon during the first half of a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Anna Li reacts as confetti falls after being named as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team after the final round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials, Sunday, July 1, 2012, in San Jose, Calif.

      Anna Li reacts as confetti falls after being named as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team after the final round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials, Sunday, July 1, 2012, in San Jose, Calif.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Richard Oruche of Fenton moves the ball against Wheaton North in 2004. Oruche will compete with Nigeria in the 2012 London games.

      Richard Oruche of Fenton moves the ball against Wheaton North in 2004. Oruche will compete with Nigeria in the 2012 London games.
    DAILY HERALD FILE

  • Richard Oruche of Fenton plays against Glenbard North in 2005. Oruche will compete with Nigeria in the 2012 London games.

      Richard Oruche of Fenton plays against Glenbard North in 2005. Oruche will compete with Nigeria in the 2012 London games.
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  • Richard Oruche of Fenton had 17 points in the first half at Glenbard North. Oruche will compete with Nigeria in the 2012 London games.

      Richard Oruche of Fenton had 17 points in the first half at Glenbard North. Oruche will compete with Nigeria in the 2012 London games.
    DAILY HERALD FILE

  • Barrington native Allison Springer competes in the 2012 Rolex competition. Springer is an alternate for team USA in the 2012 London olympics in the sport of equestrian.

      Barrington native Allison Springer competes in the 2012 Rolex competition. Springer is an alternate for team USA in the 2012 London olympics in the sport of equestrian.
    COURTESY OF JOSH WALKER / USEA

  • Barrington native Allison Springer competes in the 2012 Rolex competition. Springer is an alternate for team USA in the 2012 London olympics in the sport of equestrian.

      Barrington native Allison Springer competes in the 2012 Rolex competition. Springer is an alternate for team USA in the 2012 London olympics in the sport of equestrian.
    COURTESY OF JOSH WALKER / USEA

  • Barrington native Allison Springer competes in the 2012 Rolex competition. Springer is an alternate for team USA in the 2012 London olympics in the sport of equestrian.

      Barrington native Allison Springer competes in the 2012 Rolex competition. Springer is an alternate for team USA in the 2012 London olympics in the sport of equestrian.
    COURTESY OF LESLIE THRELKELD / USEA

 

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