Summer Olympics 2012 Predictions: 5 American Stars Sure to Dominate
The competitors in the upcoming Olympic games could be the most talented ever, including some of the American athletes. Whether it be the teammates around them that bring out their talent or that their level if play is simply unmatched, the players on this list are incredibly skilled.
From seasoned veterans to young teenagers, these five athletes will surely dominate in London. Get used to hearing these names over and over again this summer.
There is no way that the 2012 NBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP and a seven-time All Star couldn't make this list. After LeBron James took the team on his back and led the USA to victory over Brazil last week, there isn't a doubt in my mind that he will dominate during the Games.
A dominant power forward, he should lead the national team in scoring and rebounding (because Tyson Chandler has been inept on the boards as of late). If he can continue to dominate, don't expect the U.S. to fall short of gold.
Although Ryan Lochte is viewed by many as an underdog, a more accurate description of him is "the next Michael Phelps". Yes, there is a big difference between three and 14 gold medals, but Lochte has the skills and smarts to dethrone Phelps.
Ryan Lochte is favored to win the 200-meter freestyle, the 200-meter backstroke and the 400-meter individual medley. If he can achieve gold in all three (and possibly more), there is no doubt that his will be a household name.
Hope Solo has always been a much-needed form of support for the US women's soccer team. She was a key factor in their gold medal run in 2008, and helped them reach the final game of the 2010 World Cup.
Jordyn Wieber has recently emerged has one of the most well-known names in the gymnastics world, and may not yet have even reached her prime. A 17-year-old, she was the winner of the 2011 All-Around World Championship and is a two-time US national champion.
Although she has faced recent competition with fellow gymnast Gabby Douglas, Wieber (in my opinion) has a much better shot of winning gold.
At least, that might help her meet Justin Bieber.
A three-time WNBA All-Star, Seimone Augustus has had previous Olympic experience. She helped lead the 2008 US women's national team to a gold medal in Beijing.
Her most recent accomplishments include leading her team, the Minnesota Lynx, to a title and being the Finals MVP. If Augustus can keep up her WNBA average of 16.4 points per game, the women's national team could win their fifth straight gold medal.