Olympic Swimming 2012: What US Team Must Prove Moving Forward

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Olympic Swimming 2012: What US Team Must Prove Moving Forward
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After a crushing defeat to France in the 4x100 freestyle relay, the U.S. team needs to bounce back as the Games continue.

The American team saw their chance to defend their gold falter as Ryan Lochte fell to France’s Yannick Agnel in the final lap.

The U.S. team has every right to be upset about a silver finish, as they were the toast of the town at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The U.S. won 31 total medals, including 12 gold last time around, and they are looking to maintain that figure in these Games.

However, it has not been that easy for the American team so far.

After day one, Lochte had all but secured himself as the poster boy for American swimming, as his teammate Michael Phelps fell out of contention in the 400-meter individual medley.

Nonetheless, it was Lochte, and not Phelps, who could not hold off France on the anchor leg of the freestyle relay.

Moving forward, the U.S. team must prove they are still the best team in the pool.

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