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July 30, 2012

Hometowns of Champions: Team USA


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Horton's Gym at the University of Oklahoma. Source: soonersports.com

Missy Franklin

Source: nbcolympics.com

Sport: Swimming

Olympics: 2012

Medals: None

Hometown: Centennial, CO

Competing in her first Olympics this summer, 17-year-old Franklin is among the best swimmers in her age group worldwide. Despite her skill, Franklin leads a relatively normal teenage life in her hometown of Centennial, CO. Located just 20 minutes from Denver, Centennial has seen growth in both its population and home values, with a 3 percent increase in median home values since last year.

Franklin's High School, Regis Jesuit. Source: zeilerpennock.com

Tyson Gay

Source: nbcolympics.com

Sport: Track and Field

Olympics: 2012, 2008

Medals: None

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Playing baseball as a child, Gay was always the fastest runner on the team. He entered the spotlight in high school, winning three state championships for Lafayette High School in Lexington, KY. With a population of almost 300,000, Gay's hometown is the second largest city in the state. Lexington's median home value is lower than the national average at $131,000 and has decreased by 0.6 percent in the last year.

Gay's school, Lafayette High. Source: lafayetteband.org

Misty May-Treanor

Source: nbcolympics.com

Sport: Beach Volleyball

Olympics: 2012, 2008, 2004, 2000

Medals: 2 Olympic gold

Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA

As a child, May-Treanor often played beach volleyball with her parents on the Santa Monica Pier. But her family's hobby quickly progressed into May-Treanor's lifelong passion. Her hometown, Costa Mesa, is also home to several volleyball players. Despite decreasing slightly in the past year, home values in Costa Mesa remain relatively high, with a median value of $488,900.

May-Treanor's school, Newport Harbor. Source: classreport.org

Ryan Lochte

Source: nbcolympics.com

Sport: Swimming

Olympics: 2012, 2008, 2004

Medals: 3 Olympic gold, 2 Olympic silver, 1 Olympic bronze

Hometown: Daytona Beach, FL

Lochte took his first swimming lessons at age 5 after his family moved to Daytona Beach for his father's coaching career. Although Daytona Beach is the headquarters for NASCAR, Lochte pursued swimming, entering the Junior Olympics his first year of high school. Despite the business from the racing industry, the median value of a Daytona Beach home is well below the nation's average, settling in at $74,700.

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