Summer Olympics 2012: Top 5 Storylines Heading into Day 12

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Summer Olympics 2012: Top 5 Storylines Heading into Day 12
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The 2012 London Olympic Games may be coming to a close, but there is still no shortage of high-intensity, excitement-filled events left to be decided. The team competitions are just getting into their quarterfinal and semifinal stages, and track and field still has medals to hand out. Needless to say, there are still reasons to watch the Games.

Thursday, Day 12 of competition, could actually be one of the most thrilling yet.

Usain Bolt will once again be in action as he looks to become the first ever to win the 200-meter dash twice. Japan's female soccer team will also look to establish a first—the first team to win the World Cup and Olympic gold in consecutive years. Standing in their way is the U.S., who have never won less than a silver in Olympic play. They will be looking to get redemption for the loss to Japan in that very same World Cup.

Also on the day, the world's most decorated and one of the best beach volleyball players of all time will be looking to add to his and his country's hardware. With a medal of any color, which the Brazilian team is assured, they will become the most winning country in beach volleyball history. Standing in their way is a German pair that looks to make history of their own. Just by virtue of making the finals, they have already assured the best finish for a German team ever in beach volleyball at the Olympic Games.

The world's dominant diving power in China looks to come back from the shock of the London Games when they failed to win gold in the men's 3-meter springboard, and two of the world's best women's basketball teams go at it for a spot in the gold medal match.

Like I said, Day 12 really is can't miss.

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