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Olympics 2012 Preview: 13 Athletes With Area Ties Headed To London

Thirteen athletes with area ties are heading to London for the Olympics.

SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 01:  Jonathan Horton reacts after being announced to the men's US gymnastics team going to the 2012 London Olympics at HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 01: Jonathan Horton reacts after being announced to the men's US gymnastics team going to the 2012 London Olympics at HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Summer Olympics are almost here. The opening ceremony is a week away, and the eyes of the world will soon turn to London, England, where the world's greatest athletes will compete for gold.

In all, 13 athletes either from the Houston area or with local college ties are heading to London to compete.

Here are the 11 athletes from the Houston area:

Diana Lopez (Houston) - Taekwondo (Team USA)

Diamond Dixon (Houston) - Track & Field (Team USA)

Marlen Esparza (Houston) - Boxing (Team USA)

Glenn Eller (Houston) - Shooting (Team USA)

Timothy Wang (Houston) - Table Tennis (Team USA)

Liezel Huber (Houston) - Tennis (Team USA)

Jonathan Horton (Houston) - Gymnastics (Team USA)

Chris Brooks (Houston) - Gymnastics (Team USA)

Leo Manzano (Granite Shoals) - Track & Field (Team USA)

Cammile Adams (Houston) - Swimming (Team USA)

Amy Acuff (Port Arthur) - Track And Field (Team USA)

There also are two athletes from outside the area that have ties with Texas A&M heading to London:

Breeja Larson (Mesa, AZ) - Swimming (Team USA)

Jeneba Tarmoh (San Jose, CA) - Track & Field (Team USA)

For more on the 2012 London Games, check out SB Nation's Olympics hub, and stay tuned to this storystream for updates on Dallas-area athletes.

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