Hails from: Houston, TX
Occupation: Olympic gymnast
Known for: Failing to make the U.S. Olympic Men’s Gymnastics Team not once, but twice; being named an alternate for the 2004 Games in Athens and having to watch the men’s team win silver from the stands; almost quitting the sport after that painful experience; being named an alternate this year, only to be promoted less than two weeks before the Olympics when Paul Hamm dropped out due to injuries; turning in solid performances in the qualifying round to help the men make the team finals, which will be held on Tuesday; sporting unreasonably big guns for such a small–5’3″, 118 lbs.–dude.
Another reason to root for Raj? He’s a native Houstoniasian. And the trippy thing about that is he’s a product of the Cypress Academy of Gymnastics (like teammate Jonathan Horton), which is not only smack-dab in the middle of Jen’s hometown, it’s where she took gymnastics as a kid. Oh, and that’s where she broke her hymen on the balance beam, too, but, uh, that’s a story for another time. Go Raj! Reprzent!
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