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Janet Evans will announce the names of the U.S. Olympic team. Photo via YouTube

Despite the Zika virus scare and threats of terrorism, American athletes dream of being members of the U.S. Olympic team.

Come Saturday, the official announcement of who will go to Brazil this summer will be made by LA 2024 Vice Chair Janet Evans at a fan event in Venice Beach.

Many of the team members already know they are headed to Rio because of their performances in qualifying competition.

But this will be the formal, full announcement of the team makeup. Evans, a former gold medal-winning swimmer, is one of the leading figures in the effort to bring the 2024 summer games to Los Angeles. She’ll be joined by Olympians Tony Azevedo, Tamika Catchings and Kerri Walsh Jennings.

Azevedo, who was born in Rio de Janeiro, will return to his hometown next month to captain the U.S. men’s water polo team, while Walsh Jennings will be seeking her fourth straight gold medal in beach volleyball. Catchings will be seeking her fourth straight gold medal on the basketball court.

They will be announcing a team comprising more than 550 athletes, who will travel to Rio to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games from August 5-21.

Saturday’s announcement will air on @TeamUSA via Twitter and Periscope.

The Road to Rio fan celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from the Venice Beach Boardwalk at 1600 Ocean Front Walk.

It is free and open to the public and will feature interactive events including the long jump, high jump, high dive, zip line, virtual reality experiences, giveaways, live musical performances and opportunities to meet Team USA athletes.

—City News Service

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