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6. Aly Raisman

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This talented and determined 18-year-old went from being a relatively unknown gymnast from Needham, Mass., to a U.S. Olympic Games favorite in London, where she won two gold medals and a bronze medal. Raisman, who declined a scholarship from the University of Florida to turn professional, has appeared in several TV and print advertisements, and seems to be on her way to even bigger things.

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