Meet the Olympic athletes with ties to Central New York

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games begin Friday and weâ??re keeping our eyes on over a dozen athletes with ties to Central New York.

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Carmelo Anthony (menâ??s basketball) is a former Syracuse University basketball star, leading SU to capture its first NCAA tournament title in 2003. Anthony is familiar with the Olympic Games after winning a bronze medal in 2004 a gold medal in 2008. Follow Anthony on Twitter.

Beezie Madden (equestrian) is resident of Cazenovia and a three-time Olympian. She won an individual bronze medal and a team gold medal in and helped the U.S. take home a team gold medal in 2004. Follow Madden on Facebook.

Sarah Groff (triathlon) grew up in Cooperstown where she attended Cooperstown High School and Deerfield Academy. She is ranked 2nd in the U.S. and 17th in the world in Olympic-distance triathlon. Groff is one of the top American women in draft-legal racing. Follow Groff on Twitter.

Caryn Davies (rowing) grew up in Ithaca and was part of the first-ever U.S. junior women's crew to win a gold medal at the Junior World Championships in 2000. Among numerous gold medals, she won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics and was part of the team that won a silver medal and set a world record in 2004. Follow Davies on Twitter.

Lopez Lomong (track and field) is a Lost Boy of Sudan. He was born in southern Sudan and spent much of his childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya. When he was 16, he relocated to Tully where he attracted the attention of Tully High Schoolâ??s cross country coach. Lopez competed in the 2008 Olympics and was voted to carry the U.S. flag into the Opening Ceremonies. Follow Lomong on Twitter.

Abby Wambach (soccer) grew up in Rochester where she played soccer and basketball. Wambach played in the 2004 Athens Olympics and the U.S. won a gold medal after her game-winning header against Brazil. She was named U.S. Soccerâ??s Female Athlete of the Year in 2003 and 2004 and she has the best goals per game ration is U.S. soccer history. At the University of Florida, she set five school records, including goals, assists, points, game-winning goals, and hat tricks. Follow Wambach on Twitter.

Alex Meyer (open water swimming) grew up in Ithaca where he joined Ithaca High Schoolâ??s varsity team as seventh grader and was a four-time swimming All-American. He won gold medals at the 2010 Open Water World Championships and the 2011 U.S. Open Water National Championships.

Dana Vollmer (swimming) was born in Syracuse and grew up in Texas. She was the youngest swimmer to compete in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials at the age of 12. Vollmer was named the 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year and nominated for the 2009 ESPY Award for Best Female Collegiate Athlete. She won a gold medal and broke a world record in the 800m freestyle relay at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Follow â??Vollmer on Twitter.

Morgan Uceny (track and field) graduated from Cornell University in 2007 where she set seven school records and was a four-time All-American. Track and Field News ranked Uceny as the top 1500m athlete in the world in 2011, making her the first American to top the rankings in 28 years.

Ryan Lochte (swimming) was born in Rochester and grew up in Florida where he was a seven-time NCAA champion at the University of Florida. Lochte won two medals at the 2004 Olympics and four medals at the 2008 Olympics. Lochte will be key athlete to watch as he competes against Michael Phelps. Follow Lochte on Twitter.

Ken Jurkowski (rowing) was born in Rhinebeck and graduated from Cornell University in 2003 with a degree in biological engineering. Jurkowski won a bronze medal at the 2006 FISA World Championships. He competed in the 2008 Olympic Games where he finished 11th in the single sculls.

Meghan Musnicki (rowing) grew up in Naples and graduated from Canandaigua Academy. She was a 2005 first-team DIII All-American at Ithaca College her senior year. She won a gold medal at the 2011 World Rowing Championships and set the course record at the 2011 Henley Royal Regatta. Follow Musnicki on Twitter.

Jason Turner (shooting) is a two-time Olympian who grew up in Rochester. He competed for nearly ten years at the Rochester Rifle Club. Turner has been shooting competitively since 1987.

Trevor Moore (sailing) was a three-time All-American skipper at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and was awarded the College Sailor of the Year in 2007. He was part of the teams that won the 2005 Team Racing and Coed National Championships.

Rob Crane (sailing) grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Crane was their first team member to qualify for the Intercollegiate Sailing Associations Single Handed Championship twice and finished third in 2008. Follow Crane on Twitter.

Mike Gennaro (rowing) is a graduate of Syracuse University and grew up in Havertown, Pa. He will be an alternate on the men's USA rowing squad. He won a silver medal with the Under 23 Menâ??s Eight National Team at the World Rowing Under 23 Championship in 2010. Follow Gennaro on Twitter.

Shannon Taylor (field hockey) is a graduate of Syracuse University and grew up in Midlothian, VA. She was named the Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2008. Follow Taylor on Twitter.