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US Army sending 11 soldiers to Summer Olympics

Associated Press Modified: July 16, 2012 at 8:47 am •  Published: July 16, 2012

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Army is sending 11 soldiers to the Olympics.

The soldiers include both coaches and athletes competing in wrestling, shooting, race walking, the modern pentathlon and boxing. They are to discuss their plans for the London Games on Monday at Fort Carson.

The Army's World Class Athlete Program allows soldiers to train and compete in national and international sports competitions. Since 1948, 615 soldier athletes and coaches have represented the U.S. at Summer and Winter Olympics, winning 142 medals.

The Olympics start July 27 and end Aug. 12.