Tea Time for U.S. Olympic Hopefuls

A handful of U.S. athletes hoping to compete in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics went to the U.S. Grant for tea time on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

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BMX rider Arielle Martin and field hockey player Jesse Gey sip some tea at the U.S. Grant.
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BMX rider Arielle Martin and field hockey player Jesse Gey sip some tea at the U.S. Grant.
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BMX Olympic hopeful Arielle Martin brought along the necessary items to tea -- her helmet and goggles designed for the specialized motocross tricks.
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The five Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls gather around the tea table at the U.S. Grant.
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Blake Leeper and Kara Patterson figure out which tea they want at the U.S. Grant.
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The five Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls gather around the tea table at the U.S. Grant.
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BMX hopeful Arielle Martin (center) pours herself some tea.
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The U.S. Grant served tea to five Olympic and Paralymptic hopefuls.
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Blake Leeper takes a sip of the green tea served at U.S. Grant.
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NBC San Diego reporter Megan Tevrizian shares tea with the Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.
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Blake Leeper sprints for Paralympic Track & Field, is a 2012 Paralympic hopeful, double amputee and a Parapan American games bronze medalist.
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Jesse Gey is a field hockey player who will be heading to the London games in 2012 since the U.S. team already qualified. She also played on the 2008 U.S. team.
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BMX champ Arielle Martinis the highest ranked U.S. woman in the Olympic qualifications as they stand right now. She won a gold medal in the UCI Supercross World Cup in Chula Vista in September and won silver at the Pan American Games in October.
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Kara Patterson is a javelin thrower and holds the American record. She attended the 2008 Olympics and hopes to return in 2012.
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Giuseppe Lanzone is a rower for the U.S. and has trained with the Facebook-famed Winklevoss twins. Lanzone rowed in the Men's Four in 2008 and is a 2012 hopeful. He put his posing skills to use in this photo shoot -- he also models for Ralph Lauren.
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