London 2012 Olympic Preview: Highlighting Top American Competitors in Each Event

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London 2012 Olympic Preview: Highlighting Top American Competitors in Each Event
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Every four years, the United States brings together its best and brightest to represent America on the world's biggest stage, the Olympics.

This year for the London Games, the U.S. will once again be well represented. While the majority of its athletes come from the swimming and track and field events, the U.S. is also represented in all team sports with the exception of men's soccer.

Over 500 athletes will be representing the U.S. in most of the various Olympic disciplines. Out of those athletes, the U.S. is expecting around 100 to medal, not including all of the athletes to receive medals if the U.S. wins in, say, basketball or women's soccer.

Out of these athletes, each sport boasts favorites. Not every U.S. athlete will win the gold, but there are top competitors to watch in all of the sports, even if a podium finish is not in the immediate future.

Out of these 500-plus athletes, here are the top competitors to follow in every event, in every discipline, both male and female. Some are medal hopefuls, others are locks to be on the podium and some still are just the best the U.S. has to offer. Regardless, they will all be wearing the red, white and blue, and that alone gives us reason to cheer them on.

Time to get to know just a handful of what Team USA has to offer in London!

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