Tom Archdeacon: Area Olympians 4 to 1

The new U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team from left; Hannah Teter, Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, Shaun White, Louie Vito, Scott Lago and coach Mike Jankowski take part in a news conference after they were announced at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix finals, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Park City, Utah.
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The new U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team from left; Hannah Teter, Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, Shaun White, Louie Vito, Scott Lago and coach Mike Jankowski take part in a news conference after they were announced at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix finals, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Park City, Utah.

Credit: Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

The Miami Valley boasts  56 Olympians – people who were raised here, lived here or went to school here – who went to 27 different Summer and Winter Games.

Over the next week and a half we are counting down all our local Olympic heroes in alphabetical order

4. Louie Vito, snowboarding. Bellfontaine native was fifth in the men's halfpipe at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

3. Kent Vosler, diving. Eaton High grad finished fourth in 10-meter platform at 1976 Games.

2. Janelle Atkinson Wignall, swimming. Former Wright State University assistant swim coach and Kettering resident finished fourth in 400-meter freestyle and ninth in 800 freestyle at 2000 Games for Jamaica. Also competed in 200- and 400-meter freestyle at 2004 Games.

1. Maurice Wignall, track. Former Kettering resident and husband of Janelle Atkinson Wignall finished fourth in 110-meter hurdles for Jamaica at 2004 Athens Games.

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