The 2012 Olympics are winding down, with the closing ceremonies scheduled for Sunday. It has definitely been an eventful Olympic Games. We saw the departure of Michael Phelps as one of the greatest Olympians ever, a dominating performance from Gabby Douglas in individual all-around and sweet redemption for the U.S. women's soccer team.
Moving on to 2016, the Olympic Games in Rio should generate plenty of hype. Here are the top storylines looking ahead:
David Stern Talking U-23 Olympic Team
This may be the last Olympics where we see the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony wearing a U.S. uniform—it will be if David Stern gets his way (via ESPN.com).
Stern is proposing a setup that resembles men's Olympic soccer, where all players are 23 years of age or younger, with three exceptions.
The change is all about money for NBA owners, who don't receive anything for having their players compete in the Olympics. The FIBA World Championship, which will become the FIBA World Cup in 2014, will allow the NBA to gain significant revenue and reward owners whose players take part in the tournament.
This may be the last "Dream Team" the U.S. will ever send to the Olympic games.
Usain Bolt "Three-peat"?
As one of the most dominant Olympians of all time, Usain Bolt took home the gold medal in both the 100-meter and the 200 for the second straight Olympic Games.
The 25-year-old is already the fastest man alive, but he may attempt to prove it a third time in Rio. In a TV interview with NBC, Bolt discussed the 2016 games.
"All I have to do is set myself another goal. I definitely want to finish my career at an Olympics, and see if I can do what no one else has ever done before. That's win again, three times back-to-back. I'm going to go, and we'll see," Bold said.
With a win in Rio, Bolt would become the only man ever to three-peat in either the 100 or 200.
Kerri Walsh Wants Another Gold
Another dominating performance by Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh secured their third straight Olympic gold in London. Unfortunately, that's the last time we'll see them compete together, as May-Treanor called it quits after Wednesday's match.
Walsh told the Associated Press (via Yahoo!) she plans to compete in the 2016 Games, but will have to look for a new partner. A possible fit is April Ross, who was on the losing side of the gold-medal match in London.