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article imageOp-Ed: Top four Olympian interviews of 2016

By Markos Papadatos     Dec 17, 2016 in Sports
Digital Journal was privileged to interview some of the greatest Olympic medalists this year, all of which competed at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
These Olympians are in no particular order, and what makes them stand out, is that they were all underdogs in their sporting events.
Sam Kendricks
Sam Kendricks
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Sam Kendricks: Mississippi native Sam Kendricks was the bronze medalist in the men's pole vault, where he cleared 5.85 meters on his first attempt. Kendricks is also a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve.
Michelle Carter
Michelle Carter
supplied publicity photo, used with permission.
Michelle Carter: Carter was the gold medalist in the women's shot put, where she bested two-time Olympic champion Valerie Adams. Carter triumphed with a personal best of 20.63 meters in her final throw. It is no wonder that she is affectionately known as the "Shot Diva."
Helen Maroulis
Helen Maroulis
Tony Rotundo, used with permission.
Helen Maroulis: Maroulis made history by becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling, where she defeated three-time Olympic gold medalist Saori Yoshida.
Thiago Braz da Silva
Thiago Braz da Silva
Francisco Medeiros, MinistĂ©rio do Esporte do Brasil, AgĂȘncia Brasil
Thiago Braz da Silva: Finally, Thiago Braz da Silva showcased amazing sportsmanship in the men's pole vault, and was able to achieve a personal best of 6.03 meters in the men's pole vault final in front of a home crowd. 6.03 meters would also become a new Olympic record and South American record.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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