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Nick Mangold reconsiders, heads to London for Olympics

Weight-lifter Holley Mangold, of the United States, trains

Weight-lifter Holley Mangold, of the United States, trains in preparation for the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 26, 2012) Credit: AP

CORTLAND -- Nick Mangold is going to London after all.

After months of insisting he wouldn't make the trip overseas to see his sister compete in the Olympics because of training camp, the Jets center was at the airport Saturday morning.

"Anyone wanna guess where I'm heading? Thanks Rex, Woody, Mike and the rest of the @nyjets! Go @HolleyMangold!" Mangold tweeted, including a picture from the airport terminal.

Despite Rex Ryan's best efforts, Mangold repeatedly said this offseason that he would not be able to see his 22-year-old sister Holley compete for the U.S. weightlifting team on Aug. 5 because he was committed to his teammates. 

But Ryan apparently is a master of persuasion.

With just a few days left until Holley's Olympic debut, the Jets coach still hadn't given up on pushing Mangold to go. "We're not there yet," Ryan said on Wednesday. "But I'm laying the guilt trip on him and everything else."

Mangold's teammates even got on his case.

"They're pushing him as well," Ryan said. "It's not just me."

Jets left guard Matt Slauson said on Friday that Mangold "absolutely" should go see his little sister compete in the Olympics.

"I don’t know how you could pass that up,” he said.

Due to the trip, Mangold will miss the Jets' Green & White scrimmage Saturday night at SUNY Cortland. The Jets are now down two starting offensive linemen, with right guard Brandon Moore en route to Canton for Curtis Martin's Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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