Athletic toil is never easy, but the grind weighs even heavier on those consigned to do it in anonymity.
For the 529 U.S. Olympians in London, that has largely been their fate: hours upon hours of unseen sacrifice for a two-week shot at the big time and a chance to rep Old Glory.
The least you could do in return is get to know them a little bit.
To help you in that patriotic pursuit, we’ve ranked the top 100 American Olympians worth watching this summer.
Enjoy, and happy flag-waving.