2012 Summer Olympics Preview: Young Stars Sure to Thrive in Olympic Lights

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2012 Summer Olympics Preview: Young Stars Sure to Thrive in Olympic Lights
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Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis is the only rookie on the 2012 US Men's Olympic team roster.

Anthony Davis will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows this summer at the 2012 Olympics. The long-limbed star is the youngest player on the team USA roster and will have a vital role in reducing rim rockers on the hardwood. 

The Olympic games are part gluttony and part pride. The gluttonous group of athletes are those who have reached that hallowed ground and been there before, but want more.

The young up-and-comers are those athletes who have either sniffed gold and fell short or those who are making their first trip to this grand stage. 

However, in both cases, the haves and have nots have a common goal: victory.

The few chosen elite athletes of the world will display pride for their countries as four years of hard work commences into maximized effort. The following athletes are those who are young and unproven. These are the future stars of the Olympics and the ones that you need to watch.

In the following five slides, we break down the top-five young athletes who will guide their countries to success in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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