September 28, 2009
Above and beyond the politicians are the real Olympic athletes – some of whom are native Chicagoans.
No one more excited than Track and Field legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
Gymnastics the top Summer Olympic sport will be represented by most recent All-Around champ Nastia Liukin, perfect 10 Nadia Comaneci and gymnast husband Bart Connor (Chicago native) and Diane Simpson (rhythmic gymnastics).
Track and Field
April Holmes Paralympics
Linda Mastandrea Paralympics
Triple Jump: Michael Conley (Chicagoan)
Decathlon: Bryan Clay
Hurdles: Edwin Moses
Kerri Walsh (beach)
Paul Moran (wheelchair tennis and sitting volleyball)
Donna de Varona
Gary Hall Jr.
Soccer: Brandi Chastain
Rowing: Anita De Frantz
Judo: Bob Berland
Weightlifting: Dragomir Cioroslan
Boxing: David Diaz
Wrestling: Bill Scherr
Speedskating: Mike Plant
Basketball: David Robinson
ABSENT the most recognizable Chicagoan and Olympic athlete: MICHAEL JORDAN
Basketball is not being represented at all.
Other notables include: POTUS, FLOTUS, Mayor Daley, Gov Pat Quinn and Oprah Winfrey
Source: Sports News