Rio Olympics: 11 Coloradans To Watch

August 5, 2016
Photo: Rio Olympics: 10 Coloradans To WatchAP Photo/Andy Clayton-King
Missy Franklin hopes to once again make a big splash in the Olympic Games.

Heading into the London Olympic Games four years ago, much of the buzz was about Missy Franklin, a swimmer from Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora. And Franklin lived up to the hype, winning five medals, including four golds medals.

Update 08/09/16: Missy Franklin Finishes Last In 200m Freestyle Rio Debut 

Franklin is part of a strong contingent of Coloradans heading into the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but according to Denver Post reporter John Meyer, this time the spotlight may shine on wrestler Adeline Gray.

The daughter of a Denver policeman, Gray graduated from Bear Creek High School in Lakewood.

"She's feisty, she's funny and she stands to become the first U.S. woman to win a gold medal in wrestling," Meyer said. "If she wins, I think she's going to be big -- you'll see her on The Today Show, on The Tonight Show ... she'll be everywhere."

Franklin's performances have been considered uneven since London; Meyer said that can be attributed to a back injury that occurred not long after the Olympics, as well as her physical development.

"In London she was a teenager with a 17-year-old's body -- now she's a 21-year-old woman and she's learning to adapt to that," he said.

As part of our coverage of  Coloradans at the Olympics, Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel spoke with Meyer shortly before he left for Rio.  

Here are 11 Colorado athletes who may make an impact at the games:

Wrestler Adeline Gray Hates To Be Called 'Too Pretty'

Photo: Wrestler Adeline Maria Gray (AP Photo)AP
Adeline Maria Gray celebrates after defeating Zhou Qian, of China, during their 75 kilogram women’s freestyle gold-medal match at the wrestling world championships Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Las Vegas. 

Photo: Wrestler Adeline Maria Gray (AP Photo)(AP Photo/John Locher)

Audio: Adeline Gray speaks with CPR’s Andrea Dukakis
Mara Abbott, Taylor Phinney Among Four Colorado Riders Headed To Rio
Cyclist Mara AbbottCasey B. Gibson
Cyclist Mara Abbott climbs Lookout Mountain.
Audio: Pro cyclist Mara Abbott speaks with host Ryan Warner
How Swimmer Missy Franklin Is Getting Ready For Rio
Photo: Swimmer Missy Franklin smiles in a poolCourtesy of TTW Publicity Images
Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin.
Audio: Missy Franklin speaks with Ryan Warner
Mallory Pugh Makes Olympic Soccer Debut
Photo: Colorado Olympian Mallory PughAP
Mallory Pugh, right, plays in a U.S. women's soccer match against Germany in March, 2016. 
Audio: Mallory Pugh speaks with Nathan Heffel
Shooter David Higgins Keeps Heart Rate In Check For Olympic Dreams
Photo: Olympic shooter David Higgins prone rifle 2Picasa
The Air Force Academy's David Higgins is the first person to qualify for the Olympics as a cadet.
Audio: David Higgins speaks with Ryan Warner
Lindsey Horan-

Ben Pinkelman- Centennial- Rugby

Jenny Simpson- Boulder- 1,500 Meters

Boris Berian- Colorado Springs- 800 Meters

Emma Coburn- Boulder- Steeplechase

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