Sep 11 Thank You, America

By USOC | Sept. 11, 2012, 1:30 p.m. (ET)

The team behind the team? That means you. And our athletes want to thank you for your support.

Whether you added a stitch during the Raise Our Flag campaign, attended a countdown event or just found yourself swept up in the hundreds of inspiring stories authored by the 759 athletes who represented Team USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, those athletes want to say ...

Thank you, America!

“Going out there and getting gold, that’s awesome, but the support that we get and we see from all of Colorado, I can tell you we all appreciate it more than anything and that’s what makes it worth it for us, coming home and being able to inspire people is why we do what we do.” –Missy Franklin

"I want to thank you, Dad, and all the women and men serving in the military forces." –Gabrielle Douglas

"I just want to thank you so much for all the support you've given the Olympic athletes. It wasn't until I started receiving funding that I was able to become serious about my dream of being an Olympic athlete. Before, I was working two jobs, I was stressed out, and now I have the freedom to focus on training and representing Team USA to the best of my abilities." –Lolo Jones

"I want to thank everyone that has put forth time and effort to support the Olympic team and our movement towards representing the USA." –Dawn Harper

"Erin Cafaro has been a great influence on  my rowing career. Thanks, Erin." –Susan Francia

"I'd like to thank all the people who have supported myself and Team USA. We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you!" –Francia

"I would like to thank all the troops out there that are keeping us safe. Thank you so much!" –Carmelita Jeter

"Thanks to all the sponsors for your support. We really would never have the opportunities we have without you." -Abby Wambach

"Thank you to all our servicemen and servicewomen. You are the very special team behind the team." –Sue Bird

"From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of you who have supported us along the way and supported the Olympic movement. It means more than you could possibly know." –Natalie Coughlin

"There's no way we could be where we are today without the support of others, and of all of America, and our families, and our coaches, and our teammates -- everyone who's put in time and any sort of money to the Olympic movement and USA water polo. This is huge because you make what we do possible for us and we're fully aware of that. We really just want to say thank you." –Kami Craig

"I want to personally thank my brother, Verice Bennett, and the United States Marine Corp for your service and all the other service members out there for your support." –Ashton Eaton

"Thank you so much for supporting us and allowing us to chase our dreams and accomplish all the goals that we've set forth." –Trey Hardee

"I want to thank all our troops. Without you guys there's no us. God bless you." –Bershawn Jackson

"Without the support of small donors I wouldn't have gotten started in triathlon. They've helped me start this sport and continue on." –Gwen Jorgenson

"As an athlete, it's very important that we get our communities behind us and I want to thank you, thank you so much because it really takes everybody to get us on that podium." –Misty May-Treanor

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