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Chefs Pick Their Summer Olympic Idols

Published in Gourmet Live 07.25.12
They're 10 of the best and brightest in the kitchen, but if they could compete on the world's biggest sports stage, whose sneakers would they dream of filling? Gourmet Live's Kelly Senyei reports
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Chef: Cat Cora

Olympian: Hope Solo, Women's Soccer

Inspiration: The Iron Chef and co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates looks to Hope Solo, Olympic gold medalist and goalkeeper of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, as her idol outside the kitchen. "We are a family of soccer players, and Hope is a female role model for a sport that has been dominated by men for so long," Cora explains. "I can relate because I have been in an industry dominated by men, as well. Hope is not only a strong competitor, but she has been able to excel and really prove herself as a star."

PHOTOS: DAVID CARLSON; RICH LAM/GETTY

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