Usain Bolt is, without question, the face of track and field—and arguably the face of the entire Summer Games. Even the casual sports fan has a working knowledge of the world's fastest human.
And while the suspense surrounding Bolt—whenever he takes to the starting blocks—is palpable, there are other compelling track and field stories sure to unfold as The Games draw nearer.
If you're just a casual fan of track and field, we'd like to introduce you to a few rising stars who are not quite to the Bolt level...yet.
Here are six athletes to follow through the outdoor season, into the various team selection processes, and on to London 2012.
Remember these faces. One of them could be the next Bolt.