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Dave Reardon: These dozen are Hawaii’s top female Olympians

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2008
                                The United States’ Natasha Kai, left, and Heather O’Reilly celebrate after beating Brazil 1-0 in the women’s soccer gold-medal match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2008

    The United States’ Natasha Kai, left, and Heather O’Reilly celebrate after beating Brazil 1-0 in the women’s soccer gold-medal match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 1920 
                                Aileen Riggin Soule won gold in diving as a 14-year-old at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp.

    STAR-ADVERTISER / 1920

    Aileen Riggin Soule won gold in diving as a 14-year-old at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 1995
                                Brooke Wilkins-Penfold, the greatest pitcher in UH softball history, helped her native Australia to three medals in three Olympiads.

    STAR-ADVERTISER / 1995

    Brooke Wilkins-Penfold, the greatest pitcher in UH softball history, helped her native Australia to three medals in three Olympiads.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 2008
                                Soccer star Natasha Kai showed off her gold medal after returning from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing

    STAR-ADVERTISER / 2008

    Soccer star Natasha Kai showed off her gold medal after returning from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 1920 
                                Aileen Riggin Soule, right, stood next to Duke Kahanamoku, whom she said looked after her like a big brother.

    STAR-ADVERTISER / 1920

    Aileen Riggin Soule, right, stood next to Duke Kahanamoku, whom she said looked after her like a big brother.

  • COURTESY PHOTO
                                Punahou alum Lindsey Berg was the starting setter on two silver-medal-winning U.S. teams.

    COURTESY PHOTO

    Punahou alum Lindsey Berg was the starting setter on two silver-medal-winning U.S. teams.

As it was when we ranked the men in Wednesday’s column, the women’s top 10 (well, 12, because the last three were so close) of Hawaii all-time Olympic greats is loaded with aquatics champions. Read more

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