Olympic Medal Count 2012: Women's Track Stars Guaranteed to Boost USA's Total

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Olympic Medal Count 2012: Women's Track Stars Guaranteed to Boost USA's Total
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The United States has surpassed China in the medal count (37-34), and with an absolutely stacked track and field team, look for the Americans to pad that lead in the coming days.

While men like Ashton Eaton and Tyson Gay garner much of the headlines, the USA women's team may actually bring home more medals than the men.

The women's side is loaded with talent, from blazing-fast sprinters to quality distance runners and gravity-defying jumpers. While many American women will medal, keep your eyes on the following three throughout the London Games.

 

Carmelita Jeter, Sprinter

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After taking home two golds (100-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay) and a silver (200-meter dash) at the 2011 World Championships, Jeter is a lock to medal at least once in London.

Her best event is the 100, which she has dominated over the past few years. In 2009, she ran the second fastest time ever by a woman (10.64), then followed it up with impressive displays at the World Championships (10.90) and the 2012 US Olympic Trials (10.92).

She will have plenty of competition from Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown, but you can expect Jeter to take home the gold.

 

Allyson Felix, Sprinter

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Felix won the silver in the 200-meter dash in Beijing, just barely being beaten out by Campbell-Brown. She will be looking for revenge this time around, and with her recent success, she looks like primed to snatch the elusive gold.

Felix was incredible at the US Olympic Trials, running a ridiculous time of 21.69. That was the fourth-fastest time by a woman in history, and just 0.55 seconds slower than the world-record time set by Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.

She'll have to fend off Jeter and the Jamaicans, but Felix should come away with at least a silver in the event.

 

Morgan Uceny - Distance Runner

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No American woman has ever won an Olympic medal in the 1,500-meter run, but barring a massive collapse, Morgan Uceny will reach the podium in London.

Uceny was ranked No. 1 in the world in the event in 2011, and she proved it was no fluke by dominating the US Olympic Trials in July.

She will have plenty of tough competition, including fellow American Jenny Simpson, but if she performs up to her potential, Uceny will make history in London

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