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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 07/27/2012

Northern Virginia well represented at London Olympics

Terrence Jennings of Alexandra delivers a kick to Mark Lopez, of Sugar Land, Texas, during their men's Olympic team trials taekwondo match in March. Jennings, a T.C. Williams High grad, is part of the NoVa delegation to the London Olympics. (David Zalubowski - AP)
Yeah, we’re all about Team USA, but really the Olympics are mostly about individual achievement. And here are the individual Olympians everyone in the State of NoVa will be rooting for in the next two weeks:

Nataly Arias, Alexandria — Soccer (Playing for Colombia)

Claire Hallissey, Arlington — Marathon (Running for England)

Terrence Jennings, Alexandria --Taekwondo (68 kg)

Moise Joseph, Reston — Track (800 m) (Running for Haiti)

Samyr Laine, Alexandria — Field (Triple jump) (Jumping for Haiti)

Giuseppe Lanzone, Annandale — Rowing (eight)

Claire Laubach, Bristow — Field hockey

Matt McLean, Sterling — Swimming (800 m free relay)

Andy Najar, Alexandria — Soccer (Playing for Honduras)

Karen O’Connor, The Plains — Equestrian (Oldest U.S. Olympian)

Julie Zetlin, Arlington — Rhythmic gymnastics

Kate Ziegler, Great Falls — Swimming (800 m free)

Sean O’Neill, Vienna — Table tennis (NBC commentator)

In addition to the links above, Dan Friedell in Northern Virginia Magazine has written fine profiles of many of these folks, which you can read here. If we’ve left any out, please let me know.

And I will be live online on Sunday night and again on Wednesday night, joining The Post’s live blog of the Olympics in prime time. It’s easy to join in the conversation, which will stream continuously alongside the blog, so come on along by clicking here.

Kate Ziegler of Great Falls holds up her silver medal for the women's 1,500 meters freestyle event at the 2011 world swimming championships in Shanghai. She remains the world record holder of the 1,500-meter freestyle event and will swim the 800-meter event in London. (Michael Sohn - AP)

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