The Summer Games kick off in London on July 27. In all, 530 athletes—269 women and 261 men—have been chosen to represent the United States, marking the first time that Team USA has had more women than men.
Pennsylvania is tied for second place with New York for states with the most athletes competing in London. There are 35 Olympians—21 women and 14 men—who claim Pennsylvania as their home state.
Nine of the 16 women on the U.S. field hockey team hail from Pennsylvania, including two sisters, a first for the team: Julia Reinprecht, 21, and Katie Reinprecht, 24, of Perkasie.
It will be the second Olympics for Doylestown's Lauren Crandall, a member of the 2008 field hockey team, which finished eighth in Beijing.
"This time, I feel good about our chances," Crandall, a defender who is now a team captain, told The Intelligencer of Doylestown. "I think we have the potential to do really well, but we have to take it game by game."
Pennsylvania women also will compete in tennis, soccer, rowing, volleyball, diving, cycling and track and field.
Of the men from Pennsylvania on Team USA, the best-known is probably NBA star Kobe Bryant, who played high school ball in Lower Merion High School in suburban Philadelphia. He won a gold medal with the U.S. men's basketball team in 2008.
Phillip Dutton, of West Grove in Chester County, is competing in his fifth Olympic Games on the equestrian team, though just his second on Team USA. Dutton, who moved to the U.S. in 1991, was on his native Australia's team for the 1996, 2000 and 2004 games before changing his nationality to represent the U.S.
Dutton, 50, is one of just 16 athletes in U.S. Olympic history who have participated the Games that many times.
Six of the 14 U.S. Olympic men's shooters are members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit including Staff Sgt. Joshua Richmond, of Hillsgrove.
Richmond was 5 when he first fired a shotgun. By 10 he was competing, and at 14 he took part in USA Shooting Team competitions.
"I'm definitely working hard and training more toward my mental game," Richmond, who is competing in the double trap competition, told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. "I know I'm capable of shooting scores to medal ... I'm going to have to be very careful to not get distracted."