There were some prominent Pacific Northwesterners who ended up winning medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Sue Bird from the Seattle Storm helped lead the United States women's basketball team to another relatively easy gold medal, this one over France.
Ashton Eaton of Oregon won the decathlon after setting a world record at the Trials, winning several events on the first day and holding onto the lead the rest of the way. Eaton was the favorite going in and proved why he deserved the title of World's Greatest Athlete.
Hope Solo (hometown of Richland, went to school at Washington) had a pretty impressive Olympics thanks to some spectacular goalie moments for the United States women's national soccer team, including crucial saves for the USA women's soccer team in their path to gold. Her teammate Amy LePeilbet hails from Spokane.
Additionally, Jennie Reed from Kirkland won a silver medal in track cycling in the women's team pursuit. Marti Malloy from Oak Harbor won a bronze medal at the under-57 kg judo division.
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