London 2012: Most Intriguing Athletes to Follow During Games

Steve Maze@N/ACorrespondent IIJuly 30, 2012

London 2012: Most Intriguing Athletes to Follow During Games

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    With the 2012 Olympics officially underway, hundreds of athletes will be competing in various events with gold medals awaiting the winners.

    However, spanning only two weeks, it will be difficult for fans to follow everything in London.

    Here are three athletes who will be among the most intriguing to watch throughout the 2012 Games.

LeBron James

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    While the Olympics often highlight lesser-known athletes, it also provides a global stage for proven athletes to answer critics.

    As if three regular-season MVP awards and a dominating 2012 postseason performance weren't enough, LeBron James will use these Olympics to continue to illustrate his dominance.

    Like Michael Jordan in Barcelona 20 years ago, James is the leader of a team full of superstars.

    Due to the lack of big men on Team USA, he will spend most of these Olympics playing out of his normal position, and instead playing a low-post role.

    That said, it's James's ability to pass and rebound that makes him the best overall basketball player in the game. In his team's first game against France, James led the squad with eight assists.

    As the United States look to win gold, watch for James to be a constant force in every game.

Yohan Blake

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    Yohan Blake recently made headlines after defeating 2008 gold medalist and world-record holder Usain Bolt at the Jamaican trials in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.

    Having said that, the Olympic stage is intimidating to compete on. If Blake doesn't have complete control of his nerves, it will make dethroning the reigning champion even more difficult.

    Blake just finished proving he was the fastest man in Jamaica. It's now time for him to prove he is the fastest man in the world.

Andy Murray

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    After losing in his first Wimbledon final earlier this month, Murray returns to the grass courts in an effort to win gold for the hosts.

    Arguably Great Britain's best athlete, Murray will have his work cut out for him with the likes of Novak Djokivic and Andy Roddick playing strong.

    If Murray has learned to carry the weight of his nation on his shoulders, he has the ability to win gold.