London 2012: 6 Amazing U.S. Athletes and Their Last Chance at First Gold

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London 2012: 6 Amazing U.S. Athletes and Their Last Chance at First Gold

They're caught between the jaws of a vise.

Pressing in on one side are the youthful challengers, seemingly fearless in their attempts to expand the human limits of speed, strength and stamina.

Squeezing from the other side are the not-so-subtle internal signals warning that time will indeed take its toll.

They've accumulated almost every other competitive prize imaginable, yet there remains a huge void on their personal wall of honor—Olympic gold.

London 2012 may be their last best chance to fill that vacancy.

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