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Demetrius Andrade is a welterweight boxer on the 11-man U.S. Olympic Team. Born in 1988, the Providence, Rhode Island native started boxing at age 6. Over time, the lefthander learned to use his long arms to his advantage.
In 2005 he won the gold medal at the Junior Olympic International Invitational and also won the U.S. championship.
Andrade is currently ranked No. 1 among U.S. welterweight boxers. He is coached by his father and David Keefe.
Regarding the Olympics, he says: "I've been thinking about the Olympics since I was 10. It's always been my goal. I'm starting to feel some of the pressure now, but I just focus on staying in top shape and listening to my coaches."
In the past, Andrade has lost to Erislandi Lara of Cuba. He may get a chance for revenge in Beijing.