The Olympics are a venue for the most exciting athletes in the world to come together to put on a show that will live throughout the ages.
Every four years the greatest sporting event in the world takes place.
This year London plays host to an ancient show of skill. Almost 18,000 athletes from 207 countries will flock to England to show the world if they have what it takes to stand on the podium and earn the right to be called great.
The communal pageantry always makes the Olympics a must-watch event and 2012 will be no exception.
Here are six exciting athletes to watch for this year.