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New York City Athletes Compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing

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Nine athletes from New York City will be competing in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Their sports include boxing, fencing, table tennis, judo, sharpshooting, and steeplechasing. Read more about these gifted New York City athletes and show some support for them at the 2008 Olympics.

Sadam Ali

Olympic boxer Sadam Ali from Brooklyn, NY
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Sport: Boxing
Born: September 26, 1988
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Events: Boxing - lightweight (60kg/132 lbs)

Sadam Ali began boxing when he was eight years old and won his second straight national Golden Gloves title in 2007. A Brooklyn native, Ali is Muslim and his parents are from Yemen. His dream is to become the first Ali on a U.S. Olympic boxing team. Muhammad Ali was still Cassius Clay when he won the gold medal at the 1960 Games.

Emily Cross

Olympic fencer Emily Cross from New York, NY
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Sport: Fencing
Born: October 15, 1986
Birthplace:Seattle, WA
Hometown: New York, NY
Events: Individual foil, Team foil

Emily Cross competed at her first national tournament at the age of 11 and won a bronze medal at the age of 14 as a member of the women’s foil team at the 2001 World Fencing Championships. She went on to fence at Harvard University, where she became the first Harvard female to win a national fencing title by winning the foil competition and was named Harvard Crimson Female Rookie of the Year. Cross will return to Harvard after the Olympics to finish her degree.

Wang Chen

Olympic table tennis player Wang Chen from New York, NY
Sport: Table Tennis
Born: January 17, 1974
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Hometown: New York, NY
Events: Women's singles; Women's team

Although Wang Chen was a star of the Chinese table tennis team during the 1990s, she never had the chance to compete for them in the Olympics. In 2008, she will get her Olympic opportunity as a member of the United States team competing in her homeland. Wang is the two-time defending North American champion and a popular table tennis coach in New York City.

Anthony Famiglietti

Olympic steeplechase competitor Anthony Famiglietti from New York, NY
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Sport: Track & Field
Born: November 8, 1978
Birthplace: Medford, NY
Hometown: New York, NY
Events: 3000m steeplechase

Anthony Famiglietti will represent the United States at the Olympics for the second time in his career this summer in Beijing, where he will compete in the men's 3000m steeplechase. Famiglietti finished eighth in the first round of the steeplechase at the Athens Games in 2004. After the 2004 Olympics, Famiglietti moved back to New York City, where he composes music and abstract art when he's not training.

Sandra Fong

Olympic shooter Sandra Fong from New York City
Sport: Shooting
Born: April 15, 1990
Birthplace: New York, NY
Hometown: New York, NY
Events: 50m rifle 3 position

Sandra Fong was a competitive swimmer before her father introduced Sandra and her two sisters to shooting. Sandra beat out sister Abagail for her spot in the 2008 Olympic Summer Games. Sister Danielle, born with cerebral palsy, will be competing at the Beijing Paralympics in September. Following the Beijing Games, Sandra Fong is bound for Princeton University as a pre-med student and theater major.

Tim Morehouse

Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse from New York City
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Sport: Fencing
Born: July 29, 1978[
Birthplace: Bronx, NY
Hometown: Riverdale, NY
Events: Individual sabre, Team sabre

Tim Morehouse grew up in the Bronx, but says he started fencing to get out of gym class at Riverdale Country Day School. After four years at Brandeis University as one of the top college fencers in the country, Morehouse joined Teach For America and taught 7th-grade English and Social Studies at Intermediate School 90 in Washington Heights.

Erinn Smart

Olympic fencer Erinn Smart
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Sport: Fencing
Born: January 12, 1980
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Events: Individual foil, Team foil

Erinn Smart took up fencing in 1990 and her older brother Keeth joined her months later. Both fell in love with the sport and both are competing at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. After graduating from Barnard, Erinn Smart worked as a regional consultant at financial firm Lord Abbott, but took a leave of absence starting in January 2008 to concentrate on making the Olympic team. After the games, she plans on going back to working full time.

Keeth Smart

Olympic fencers Keeth and Erinn Smart
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Sport: Fencing
Born: July 29, 1978
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Events: Individual sabre, Team sabre

Keeth Smart and his sister Erinn took up fencing in 1990. Both fell in love with the sport and both are competing at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. In March 2003, Keeth Smart made American fencing history when he became the first U.S. fencer to reach the world's number one FIE ranking in his discipline. Although most of his competitors are professional fencers in Europe, Smart remains an amateur. Currently, Smart works as a financial analyst for Verizon Communications.

Taraje Williams-Murray

Olympic judo Taraje Williams-Murray
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Sport: Judo
Born: November 09, 1984
Birthplace: Bronx, NY
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Events: Judo (60 kg)

Taraje Williams-Murray has won four out of his five times at the national judo championships, has finished as high as ninth in the world championships, and won the bronze at the 2008 Pan American Championships. Taraje, which means "to expect" in Swahili, grew up in the Bronx as the fourth of six children. Taraje's parents originally encouraged his interest in Judo because it was a way to keep out of trouble. You can read all about Taraje's experiences in Beijing on his blog.

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