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Olympics 2012 Preview: More Than 20 Athletes With Area Ties Headed To London

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, 21 athletes either from the Dallas area or local colleges are heading to London to compete.

Here is the rundown of Dallas-area athletes participating in the 2012 Olympics. Nine athletes are from the region:

Jeremy Wariner (Arlington) - Track & Field (Team USA)

Paige McPherson (Abilene) - Taekwondo (Team USA)

Errol Spence, Jr. (Dallas) - Boxing (Team USA)

Connor Fields (Dallas) - Cycling - (Team USA)

Tervel Diagnev (Arlington) - Wrestling (Team USA)

David Boudla (Abilene) - Diving (Team USA)

Jason Richardson (Cedar Hill) - Track & Field (Team USA)

Khadevis Robinson (Dallas) - Track & Field (Team USA)

Darvis "Doc" Patton (Dallas) - Track & Field (Team USA)

There also are 12 athletes from outside the Dallas area with local college ties heading to London:

Ricky Berens (Charlotte, NC) - Texas - Swimming (Team USA)

Jimmy Feigen (Hilo, HI) - Texas - Swimming (Team USA)

Maquise Goodwin (Lubbock) - Texas - Track & Field (Team USA)

Trey Hardee (Birmingham, AL) - Texas - Track & Field (Team USA)

Sanya Richards-Ross (Kingston, Jamaica) - Texas - Track & Field (Team USA)

Bianca Knight (Ridgeland, MS) - Texas - Track & Field (Team USA)

Destinee Hooker (San Antonio) - Texas - Volleyball (Team USA)

Troy Dumais (Ventura, CA) - Texas - Diving (Team USA)

Brendan Hansen (Haverford Township, PA) - Texas - Swimming (Team USA)

Michelle Carter (San Jose, CA) - Texas - Swimming (Team USA)

Sarah Scherer (Woburn, MA) - TCU - Shooting (Team USA)

Laura Bennett (North Palm Beach, FL) - SMU - Triathalon (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.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.