Taylor Phinney is one of America's brightest young cycling stars. He's also the son of Olympic medalists Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney.
According to an SI.com report, it's only been recently that Phinney has stepped out from under his parents' shadow. But that he has done, with a recent win at this year's Giro d'Italia time trial.
Phinney just turned 22, but this isn't his first time on the world's biggest stage. He finished in seventh place in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing in the individual pursuit, and he'll look to improve upon that result this year in London.
According to a USA Today report, Phinney's chances might be better due to the simple fact that Shawn Johnson won't be competing on the women's gymnastics team. Apparently, Phinney and Johnson engaged in a, "small budding romance" that was, "like summer camp, like boarding school with all these cute girls, except this was the Olympics."
Phinney will be competing in both the time trial and in the road race, and his thoughts are on only one thing, according to the SI.com report: to stand on the podium when it's all said and done.
You can follow Phinney on Twitter @taylorphinney.