Texas has its usual share of Olympians headed to Rio this month. Some were born here. Some moved here. Some went to school here. Some train here. All of them leave for Rio with one goal — to bring home a medal. Here are some native Texans to watch in the Games, which begin with the Opening Ceremonies on Aug. 5.
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Hometown: Houston/Cypress Woods
The Texas A&M product, who finished fifth in the 200 butterfly in the 2012 London Games, won the event at the Olympic Trials in 2:06.80.
The three-time defending world champion heads to her first Olympics having already been tagged the greatest ever in her sport.
The 21-year-old is the lone female archer to compete for Team USA in the Olympics.
Track and field
Hometown: Red Oak
The University of Texas product finished 15th in the shot put at the 2008 Games and fifth in 2012.
The five-time Olympian won the gold medal in the double trap at the 2008 Games.
She withdrew her name from Olympic consideration four years ago while still at Baylor.
Courtney and Kelley Hurley
The San Antonio Warren graduates, who were born in Houston and train there, were part of the U.S. women’s epee team that won a bronze medal in 2008.
The Texas A&M alumnus, who led the NBA with a 70.3 field goal percentage last season, will make his Olympic debut.
The 19-year-old, who trains in Plano, won the uneven bars in the 2015 world championships.
Hometown: Sugar Land
She finished second in the 50 free and 100 free at the Olympic Trials to qualify for her first Games.
The Nolan Catholic graduate finished second in the 100 breaststroke at the Olympic Trials to qualify for her first Olympics.
Track and field
The Mansfield Legacy and Texas A&M graduate finished second in the discus at the Olympic Trials with a 197-9 throw.
Vollmer, now a mom, qualified for her third Olympics and will try to repeat her gold medal in the 100 fly.