There are countless reasons as to why people are drawn to the Olympic Games. The competition for sport and country are certainly drivers, as is the amazing physical talents of the participants.
For some viewers, the sheer visual aesthetics is ample reason to tune in. While beach volleyball is a great sport, the odds of the groundswell of popularity like has something to do with the outfits.
One thing that should not be overlooked is the amount of time and effort the athletes dedicate to sculpting their physique and mastering their sport. Bulging biceps and four-percent body fat don't just happen.
Some will appreciate this article for the pictures, but it is designed as a tribute to the dedication of these amazing athletes.
With apologies to the many deserving competitors that weren't included in the list, here are 30 muscle-bound (or at least very fit) American athletes that will be competing in the 2012 Olympic Games.