2012 Summer Olympics: Trio of U.S. Athletes Being Replaced in Limelight

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2012 Summer Olympics: Trio of U.S. Athletes Being Replaced in Limelight
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The 2008 Beijing games were yet another highly successful one for the United States, led by the extraordinary performance of Michael Phelps.

As the 2012 London Olympics quickly approach, many athletes that earned medals in 2008 have now retired from their respective sports, making way for new names to enter in and take over our televisions for a couple of weeks this summer.

Then there are the star athletes who still remain from '08, with their competitive greatness and unmatched work ethic keeping them up for yet another go-round of the world's biggest sports spectacle.

But for three athletes, despite returning with gold medals in mind, they will be forced to take a back seat to fresh faces that will make their way onto the scene in London. 

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