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Falcons to Honor Georgia Olympians Before Monday's Game


Before the Falcons take the national stage on Monday Night Football to take on the Denver Broncos, those who recently returned from being on the world stage will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

Nine athletes from Georgia who competed in and won medals at the 2012 London Olympics will be on the field before the kick to be recognized for their accomplishments.

The list of those expected to attend:

  • Reese Hoffa (pictured right): From Augusta, Ga., the University of Georgia alum won a bronze medal in shotput during the 2012 London Games. Hoffa also competed in the 2004 and 2008 games.
  • Angelo Taylor: From Albany, Ga., Taylor was a gold medalist on the 2000 and 2008 4x400m relay teams, and also won gold both years in the 400m hurdles. Taylor won a silver as part of the 4x400 relay team at the 2012 games.
  • Aries Merritt: From Marietta, Merritt currently holds the word record in 110m hurdles. Merritt won gold in the same event in London.
  • DeeDee Trotter: The Cedar Grove High School product won the bronze in the 400 meters this year, but earned gold in the same event in 2004 and 2008.
  • Christian Taylor: From Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., Taylor is the Georgia state record holder in the long jump, triple jump and 400m. Taylor won gold in the triple jump in London.
  • Eric Shanteau: From Lilburn, Ga., Shanteau competed in the 2008 Olympics before winning gold in the 4x100m medley relay in swimming in 2012 in London.
  • Vince Hancock: Good with a gun, Hancock, from Columbus, Ga., won gold in skeet in London after earning the same medal in the 2008 games. Hancock is a sergeant in the Army.
  • Amanda Weir: A bronze medalist in the women's 4x100 freestyle relay in swimming this year, Weir attended Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga., and is a UGA alum.
  • Jamie Grey: Her score in the women's three-position rifle set a world record at the 2012 games, earning her a gold. She also competed in the 2008 games.
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