2012 Summer Olympics

Ryan Lochte and 2012 US Olympic Swimming Team Members That Will Find Gold

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28:  Michael Phelps of the United States competes in the Final of the Men's 400m Individual Medley on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2012

The 2012 Olympics has already had a few ups and downs for the U.S. swimming team. Fortunately, there are plenty more events for the top competitors to leave with a gold medal.

So far, Ryan Lochte has done his best to escape the shadow of Michael Phelps by winning gold in the 400 individual medley. Unfortunately, he followed that up by losing the lead in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay as the Americans took silver.

In the eight events that have taken place so far, at least one member of the U.S. team has a medal in every one of them.

Now the rest of the team looks to finish the next couple of weeks with some more golds.

 

Michael Phelps 

Compared to his past two Olympic performances, Phelps has had a disappointing start to the 2012 Games. He failed to medal at the 400 individual medley and his relay team was only able to muster a second-place finish.

The good news is that his best events are still to come. Throughout his career, Phelps has excelled in the butterfly and has set multiple world records. With the 100-meter and 200-meter events still to come, the most decorated Olympic athlete in history will be able to add a few more golds to his resume.

 

Ryan Lochte

The big story heading into the Olympics was the battle between Lochte and Phelps. Lochte won the only event head-to-head between the two, but he will have another chance in the 200 individual medley.

Another gold medal might help the fans forget a disappointing finish in the relay.

 

Missy Franklin

The 17-year-old has made a lot of headlines this year by simply making the Olympics, but Missy Franklin is here to win the gold. 

Her best event is the 200-meter backstroke, but she should also be favored to win the 100-meter race as well. As young as she is, it is scary to think about how good she can be in the future.

 

Matt Grevers

Grevers was part of the qualifying team for the 4x100 freestyle relay, but his best event is the backstroke. Heading into the finals of the 100-meter backstroke, the Illinois native has the top time of all qualifiers.

The only question might be whether or not he can beat Aaron Peirsol's world record.

 

Rebecca Soni

As one of the best breaststroke swimmers in the world, Soni has a chance to win two gold medals at the 100-meter and 200-meter events.

She has the top qualifying time in both events and should be the favorite to win each. Teammate Breeja Larson might be the only one that can defeat her in either event.

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