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Redskins Honor Local Olympians On Monday Night Football

Among the nearly 80,000 fans in attendance at Monday's season opener for the Redskins were some familiar faces from this past summer.

Seven Olympians from the Rio Summer Games were honored during the game, including swimmer Katie Ledecky who already left for her freshman year at Stanford, but had a video message for the fans.

Ledecky spoke to the entire team on Saturday, Sept., 3 at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va., telling the team about her experience this past summer winning multiple gold medals.

Washington D.C., native and diehard Redskins fan Kevin Durant was among those honored. A familiar face on the Redskins sideline, Durant is now a forward on the Golden State Warriors and was part of the gold medal-winning men's basketball team in Rio. 

Other Olympians honored were equestrian Lauren Kieffer, kayaker Ashley Nee, Helen Maroulis and Ginny Thraser. Maroulis and Thrasher each won gold, in wrestling and shooting, respectively. Maroulis was the first American to ever win a gold medal in women's freestyle wrestling at the Olympics, while Thrasher was the first American to medal in Rio. 

Soccer player Ali Krieger was also at the game and is a Virginia native. In addition to playing for the US Women's National Team, Krieger is also a member of the hometown professional soccer team, the Washington Spirit.

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