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Hallmark Kitten Summer Games: A paw-sitevly adorable first look

Meow-ve over U.S. Summer Olympic teams, these athletic kittens are ready to pounce their way to gold medals.

Ninety super sporty cats from North Shore Animal League America and Last Hope Animal Rescue are getting ready to play in the Hallmark Channel's inaugural Kitten Summer Games.

The cat-letes will be competing in gymnastics events, a "de-cat-hlon," tennis, wrestling and volleyball matches.

Here's an exclusive first look at the games and the star players before the event, hosted by Beth Stern, premieres on the Hallmark Channel on Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.

Volleyball

Cookie Watch out for this feline's pounce. Cookie's
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Cookie

Watch out for this feline's pounce. Cookie's on-court talent is blocking kill shots. Her off-court skill is catching critters.

Hissty May Whether Hissty blocks that spike or
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Hissty May

Whether Hissty blocks that spike or not, she tries to keep a paw-sitive state of mind during the game. Off-court she can be found binge-watching "Stray's Anatomy."

Flip Flop Sometimes curiosity gets the best of
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Flip Flop

Sometimes curiosity gets the best of Flip Flop, who may end up flipping sides during the game. Don't be surprised if he starts spiking for the wrong team.

Gymnastics

Nadia Come 'n Scratch Me How did Nadia
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Nadia Come 'n Scratch Me

How did Nadia become so good at the uneven bars? The 12-week-old kitten has been training for weeks, 12 to be exact. She stays in shape by defending her house against imaginary invaders.

Hissimone Hissimone is the first kitten to ever
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Hissimone

Hissimone is the first kitten to ever complete a side-leap hiss-mount. As talented as she is, she still dreams the balance beam was made of salmon.

Tiki Tiki's leap can't be tamed, but this
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Tiki

Tiki's leap can't be tamed, but this calm kitten would rather be cuddled up in bed instead.

Tennis

Pawdre Ag-Hissy All that time spent spontaneously swatting
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Pawdre Ag-Hissy

All that time spent spontaneously swatting at toys comes in handy on the court. Pawdre is known for his impressive back-paw.

Mary Cat-rillo Mary loves the game, but she
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Mary Cat-rillo

Mary loves the game, but she actually isn't interested in the ball. Don't be surprised if she interrupts the match by clawing at, stomping on and chewing the net.

John Mac-n-meow John is one serious cat-lete. If
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John Mac-n-meow

John is one serious cat-lete. If he spots Mary clowning around on court, he may just throw a hissy-fit.

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