London 2012: Must-See Events That Cannot Be Missed

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 2, 2012

OMAHA, NE - JULY 01:  Michael Phelps looks on after he competed in the championship final of the Men's 100 m Butterfly during Day Seven of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on July 1, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It's crazy to think that the 2012 London Olympics are less than a month away, but indeed they are.

The Olympics are chock full of nonstop action, and there are always plenty of interesting story lines to look for right from the outset.

There are so many events and competitors vying for a gold medal that the excitement constantly builds from the opening ceremonies.

Here are three must-see events that you would be foolish to forget about.


Team USA Men's Basketball

This is the most obvious must-see event on this list. There's no other event in the entire Olympics that is going to be as lopsided as basketball is in favor of the Americans.

Sure, there are a couple of other solid teams in Spain and France, but there's no denying that the United States has by far the best roster in the entire world.

It's almost cringe-worthy to think about how brutal the U.S. onslaught against the competition is going to be.

We'll get to see the likes of Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler (among a few undecided others) thrown down on some poor unknown players from parts unknown.

Of course, it's gold or bust for the USA, as anything short of a first-place finish would be seen as a disappointment to the rest of the country.


Anything Involving Michael Phelps

Seriously. Anything Michael Phelps participates in needs to be watched. If he decides he wants to take up archery, you need to watch that.

According to the official London 2012 website, there will be 950 competitors participating in 34 swimming events over the course of the Olympics. If you miss one involving Phelps, all is lost.

After winning 16 medals in Athens and Beijing in 2004 and 2008, respectively, Phelps will be competing to hang seven more medals above his mantle in London this summer.

Aside from the basketball team, Phelps is definitely the most intriguing draw out of any competitor in this massive competition.


USA Women's Gymnastics Team

The U.S. Women's Gymnastics team is completely different than what the world saw in Beijing in 2008. There is no more Shawn Johnson, no more Nastia Liukin and no more Alicia Sacramone.

This complete and total overhaul leaves the country with five teenagers to rout for against the rest of the world.

Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney are all 16 years old. Aly Raisman, the oldest member of the team at 18 years old, and Kyla Ross, 15, will be looking for some medals as well.

Only time will tell if this changing of the guard will bode well for the Americans, so make sure you don't miss a second of the action.