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Charlotte a training ground for 2012 Olympics

Updated: January 25, 2012, 3:32 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For some Olympic hopefuls like American breaststroker Kevin Swander, the road to the 2012 London Games runs through Charlotte.

Athletes from around the world will compete in Charlotte this spring in three Olympic sports -- the modern pentathlon, canoe slalom and swimming at various sites.

The events serve as precursors and, in some cases, qualifiers for the 2012 Olympics.

The Modern Pentathlon World Cup, which is an Olympic qualifier, kicks off March 8-11 ...

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