Alice Parker, in a piece about Ryan Lochte for Time magazine, documented his intense training regimen and how he beat Phelps several times since Beijing.
In the 100 breast, Soni will meet Leisel Jones, the reigning Olympic champion and this time around Soni may have what ti takes to beat her. Jones is in her fourth Summer Olympics and may have lost some power with her stroke due to her age plus the fact Soni has been on a tear since the last Olympics.
In the longer event, Soni does not seem to have any challengers and will win gold for the U.S.
This time around, Hoff will be stronger and more physically mature, so she will probably recover more quickly between rounds at the 200 and 400-meter IMs.
Katie Hoff will upgrade her medal in the 400-meter IM to gold from the silver she won four years ago.