The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games kick off Friday evening with the opening ceremonies from the Olympic Stadium.
The next two-and-a-half weeks will be filled with intense Olympic action full of triumph and heartbreak. When the curtain comes down on the London Games the world will focus its attention on Sochi, Russia—the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
There will be plenty of storylines to follow in the upcoming months regarding the American athletes who could participate in the Games.
Will Apolo Ohno return for another go-around and build on his already historic medal count?
Will anyone be able to challenge Shaun White for halfpipe supremacy?
And will Evan Lysacek return to defend his gold medal and become the first American men's singles competitor since Dick Button to win back-to-back golds?
These are some of the storylines which undoubtedly draw some attention in the months preceding the Sochi Games. Here are 10 American Olympic athletes to keep an eye on as we look forward to Sochi 2014.