Olympians take stage to back Romney

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP)

Some of America's former Olympians are making the case for Mitt Romney to become the nation's next president by praising his leadership qualities and citing his work to make the 2002 Winter Olympics a success.

Kim Rhode, who has competed in the last five Olympics as a member of the skeet shooting team, says she supported Romney because she believes the country is off-target.

Speed skater Derek Parra says his dream of participating in the Olympics was almost derailed because the 2002 games were mired in scandal and deficit. He said it was a time of uncertainty, but noted that Romney was then hired to lead the Salt Lake Olympic Committee.

Parra said Romney got the games back on track and gave him the opportunity to realize his dream.

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