2012 Olympics: 50 Breakout Stars to Watch for in London

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2012 Olympics: 50 Breakout Stars to Watch for in London
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Young, talented and until now relatively anonymous, the following 50 Olympic athletes should get their 15 minutes of fame at the 2012 Summer Games in London.

But who among them will linger a few ticks longer, crossing that esteemed threshold into celebrity?

Only an oracle could answer that question, so I'll say this: Each of the athletes on this list makes a compelling case for stardom if things break right. Each could walk that uniquely Olympian path from total obscurity to international hero in a whirlwind two weeks.

Today, I give you their names. Tomorrow, you just might know them by second nature.

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