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11 U.S. soldiers to compete in London Olympics

SMC Dremiel Byers (Image: U.S. Military)

Eleven Army athletes and coaches are getting ready to compete at this summer's upcoming Olympic games in London, including Dremiel Byers, a quartermaster and sergeant first class in the U.S. Army who is also a 10-time national champion in Greco-Roman Wrestling.

Also on the team this year is Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson who will represent America in the rapid-fire pistol event in London. Sanderson also competed in the 2008 Summer Games and, as Military Times reports, he's happy knowing that the military has his back when he can no longer compete. "If we get hurt, we're still soldiers," he said, noting that civilian athletes who suffer career-ending injuries don't have such backup support. When he's not competitively shooting, Sanderson's military and athletic skills overlap -- his Army job is marksmanship instructor.

The Military Times has more info on the Army's World Class Athlete Program here. But be sure to check out Business Insider who profiles each of this year's soldier-Olympians here.

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