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The Complete Guide To Olympic Sneakers

Improvements in athletic footwear have led to shoes that help athletes run faster and jump higher. They also look cool.

1. Andy Roddick - Tennis, United States

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2. Jessica Ennis - Heptathlon, Great Britain

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Right before the high jump.

3. Kevin Love - Basketball, United States

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4. Ana Dulce Felix - Marathon, Portugal

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5. Christine Sinclair - Soccer, Canada

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6. Yasuhiro Suzuki - Boxing, Japan

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7. Jose Espinoza Mena - Venezuela, Boxing

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8. Lebron James - Basketball, United States

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9. Yelena Isinbayeva - Pole Vault, Russia

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10. Alberta Boatema Ampomah - Weightlfting, Ghana

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11. Justyn Warner - Running, Canada

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12. Kellie Wells - Hurdles, United States

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13. Usain Bolt - Running, Jamaica

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Bolt won the 100m race in these shoes, setting an Olympic record.

14. Lisa Norden - Triathlon, Sweden

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At the end of the running portion of the triathlon, sneakers are left behind.

15. Yohan Blake - Runner, Jamaica

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16. Brigitte Foster-Hylton - Hurdles, Jamaica

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17. Jack Green - Hurdles, Great Britain

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Two different colors.

18. Men’s Basketball Team - Australia

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19. Seun Adigun - Hurdles, Nigeria

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20. Official - Beach Volleyball

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Referees get cool shoes too.

21. Unidentified - Handball, Iceland

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Unclear why the guy in the background is missing a shoe.

22. Natalya Antyukh - Hurdles, Russia

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23. Tyson Gay - Running, United States

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Gay has beat Usain Bolt in the 100m before, but he’s never won a gold medal. He turns 30 on August 9.

24. Robbie Grabarz - High Jump, Great Britain

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25. Jessica Ennis - Heptathlon, Great Britain

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26. Tristan Thomas - Hurdles, Australia

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27. Olumide Oyedeji - Basketball, Nigeria

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The note is a get well message for teammate Tony Skinn, who was injured in an earlier game against Argentina.

28. Sue Bird - Basketball, United States

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29. Unidentified - Field Hockey, Netherlands

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30. Lindsay Whalen - Basketball, United States and Yanyan Ji - Basketball, China

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31. Hanna Melnychenko - Heptathlon, Ukraine

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32. Lashinda Demus - Hurdles, United States

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33. Nicola Spirig - Triathlon, Switzerland

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She won the gold.

34. Celine Dumerc - Basketball, France and Natalie Achonwa - Basketball, Brazil

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35. Tamara Tatham - Basketball, United States

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