Mormon athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

Published: Tuesday, July 31 2012 1:24 p.m. MDT

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Country: New Zealand

Event: Women's Shot Put

Olympic history: She won the gold medal in 2008 and took 8th place in 2004.

When Adams was young, her family was poor and couldn't afford shoes to fit her big feet. Even without shoes she broke her school's shot put record by a couple of meters.

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