Road to Rio Passes Through Venice Beach

Several Team USA members were at Saturday's announcement and fan events

More than 550 athletes are headed to Rio this summer as part of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, officials announced Saturday at a fan event in Venice Beach.

The event continues Sunday with more activities for fans, including a meet-and-greet with athletes. Fans also can participate in events like the long jump, high jump, high dive and zip line. Interactive experiences are available for visitors wanting to try out pole vaulting, diving, beach volleyball and artistic gymnastics.

The event is free.

Several Team USA members were at Saturday's announcement and fan events. Beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings and basketball player Tamika Catchings, who at the Rio de Janeiro games will both be seeking their fourth gold medals, Tony Azevedo, the captain of the U.S. men's water polo team, and four-time gold-medal winning swimmer Janet Evans officially announced the 555 team members.

Evans is vice chair of the committee trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles.

This year's U.S. team comprises 263 men and 292 women -- the most women on any nation's team in the history of the Summer Olympics, beating the old record of 289 set by China in 2008. U.S. athletes will compete in 27 sports, and in 244 of 306 medal events at the games, which will take place from August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated member of the team, with 22 medals in his illustrious Olympic career -- 18 of them golds.

At age 52, equestrian Phillip Dutton is the team's oldest member, while 16-year-old table tennis player Kanak Jha is the youngest.

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