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Old 08-03-2016, 10:11 PM   #1
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Olympic athletes ready to invade Rio

Brazil is beckoning and Team USA athletes are ready to answer the call as they get ready to board their flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Nearly 100 Olympic athletes from track and field, badminton, Taekwondo, and wrestling took off for Brazil from Bush Intercontinental Wednesday night to perform on the biggest stage of their lives.

"I'm hungry man," says sprinter Trayvon Bromell. "I'm ready to get out there and compete."

Bromell is former Baylor Bear and will be running the 100 meter sprint in Rio. He's already envisioning the first time he takes the track.

"I'm gonna be feeling excitement. I'm competing in the Olympic Games," he says. Of course it's a dream come true, a dream that I've been preparing for 14 years of me running track."

Making the Olympic team for the third time is gold medalist Justin Gatlin.

Gatlin says the games are about the competition but also so much more.

"You get a feel of the vibe of the culture that you're going to," he says. That's what we're getting ready for. You're in for some excitement and some festivities."

Team USA has a total of 555 athletes this year. The ones leaving Wednesday night are the last group to head to Rio.

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