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Johnson & Johnson and NBC Olympics Partner to Share the Stories of U.S. Olympic Hopefuls and Their Journeys to Beijing With The Family Room
Date:3/3/2008

United States has ever produced, having been crowned the

2004 all-around Olympic champion. His twin brother Morgan has found

success as a role player on both the Sydney and Athens Olympic Teams.

After a lengthy hiatus from the sport, both brothers now aim to make

their third Olympic team.

-- Reese Hoffa (Track & Field) -- As a four-year-old, Reese was sent to

live at an orphanage by his troubled teenage mother after he

accidentally burned down his family's home. In 2000, after being raised

by a nurturing adoptive family, he reunited with his birth mother

through an online search. Now, Reese, the current world champion in the

shot put, is proud of his strong relationships with both his "A-Mom"

(adoptive mother) and "B-Mom" (birth mother) and looks to his non-

traditional family for the support to fulfill his Olympic dream.

-- Chellsie Memmel (Gymnastics) -- After serving as an alternate on the

2004 Athens team, Chellsie returned to the gymnastics coach that she

left at age seven -- her father, Andy. The father-daughter partnership

seemed to be a perfect fit as she went on to the win the 2005 all-round

world championship, but suffered a setback as Chellsie underwent

shoulder surgery. The ultimate test now is whether or not she can hold

up among a world of teenage challengers in her last chance to make the

team.

-- Steve & Katie Mocco (Wrestling and Judo) -- When the Mocco's father

enrolled young Steve in judo to supplement his wrestling, little sister

Katie always tagged along. Soon after, Katie's own passion for judo

became clear. Now both Moccos continue to support one another as they

train in different parts of the country with the same goal of reaching

Beijing.

-- Lauryn Williams (Track & Field) -- When Lauryn won a silver medal in'/>"/>

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