2012 Olympics Track and Field: Top American Gold Medal Hopes in the Sprints

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2012 Olympics Track and Field: Top American Gold Medal Hopes in the Sprints
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Four years ago, this country united against a brash group of Frenchmen most of us had never heard of just a mere week before.

Those men? Four swimmers on a relay that dared to prematurely end Michael Phelps' record-breaking gold medal spree, and even worse, had the audacity to boast about it beforehand.

Of course, we can recall the epic triumph for the Americans that followed. I can only count on one hand the times I have been more fired up than I was after that startling comeback. 

There's just something special about the nationalistic fervor that rises to insane heights at the Olympics.

Fortunately for Americans, we are blessed with a competitive team in one of the marquee events of the Olympics, track and field.

In this multi-part series, I will examine the best US hope for a Gold Medal in each running event. 

To start us off, let's take a look at the men's sprints, events where this nation has been traditionally strong. 

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