Olympics 2012: Gold Medalists Least Likely to Repeat in Rio in 2016

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Olympics 2012: Gold Medalists Least Likely to Repeat in Rio in 2016
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The 2012 London Olympic Games are history. The medals have all been presented, the closing ceremony completed and the athletes have already started returning home.

During the Games, medals were awarded in 302 different events.

Some of the events are sports that we watch and follow every year, including basketball, soccer and tennis. Meanwhile, events that are hardly discussed for four years instantly become must-watch entertainment. Some of these events include water polo, archery and team handball.

The athletes that competed in the Olympic Games have worked and trained for their entire lives for the opportunity they just experienced. A small percentage of them were fortunate enough to leave London with a medal. With even fewer of those winning a gold medal, it's important to note the chances of being a repeat gold medalist is one of the hardest accomplishments in sports.

Here are five gold-medal winners from individual events at the 2012 Olympic Games in London who will likely not win gold in Rio.

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