Men's Olympic Swimming 2012: 5 Favorites Who Fell Short of Expectations

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Men's Olympic Swimming 2012: 5 Favorites Who Fell Short of Expectations
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For all of the Olympic triumphs, there are also defeats.

For all of the amazing, surprising and record-breaking performances, there are also underwhelming showings, sometimes even by the most clear and expected favorites.

In the case of the swimming competition, there have a been a number of the world's best stars that faltered on the big stage.

All of them have either won Olympic medals or world championships, but in London, all of them fell short to obtain a gold in their signature event.

The signs of defeat, evidenced by a bent head, face clear with the signs of dejection, a look of puzzlement and shock, left only to wonder "what happened?" was on each of these men's faces at least once during the course of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

So for all of the medals, all of the triumphs, past, present and possibly future for some of these guys, in some aspects of the word, it just seems that 2012 wasn't their year. 

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