2016 Olympics: USA's Best Bets for Gold in Rio

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2016 Olympics: USA's Best Bets for Gold in Rio
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We've seen American icons emerge in every Olympics since the competition's inception. From Phelps to Flo Jo, the Summer Games give us a glimpse of the greatest athletes the U.S. has to offer. 

As we continue to soak in the sensational performances that took place throughout the 2012 Olympics in London, there's no time like the present to take a look at the future. The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games give us a reason to anticipate more gold-medal moments from America's athletes. 

So as some of the nation's premier performers step aside from Olympic action, let's take an opportunity to examine which U.S. competitors could take center stage in Rio. 

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