Rio 2016: Top Americans to Watch in 2016 Summer Games

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IAugust 13, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  Missy Franklin of the United States celebrates with her gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Backstroke on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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The United States captured the most gold medals, silver medals and total medals in the 2012 London Olympics this summer.

Now the Americans look ahead to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the 2016 Summer Games will take place.

After the U.S. landed 46 gold medals and 104 total medals this summer, here's a look at the athletes to look for in 2016.


Gabby Douglas, women's gymnastics

Rising 16-year-old Gabby Douglas came into the Summer Games this year as one of the most hyped American athletes on the big stage.

Douglas didn't disappoint, capturing the individual all-around gold medal in women's gymnastics, to go along with the team's gold medal.

Gymnastics can be rough on the body, which is why it's no guarantee that the entire women's team will be around in 2016, but you'd have to think Douglas would give it at least one more go-around.


Alex Morgan, women's soccer

I introduce to you the next great women's soccer player, Alex Morgan.

Morgan burst on to the scene in the 2011 World Cup, scoring for the U.S. in the semifinals against Canada and the final against Japan.

The 23-year-old once again stepped up when it mattered most in the 2012 London Olympics, scoring in the semifinals against France and notching an assist in the Americans' 2-1 victory over Japan in the final.

With team captain Abby Wambach 32 years of age, the torch must now by passed to Morgan on offense. Something tells me she's going to do just fine.


Ryan Lochte, men's swimming

Ryan Lochte didn't exactly dominate in the Summer Games this year as he declared he would, but he's still the United States' best swimmer beyond Michael Phelps.

The 28-year-old captured the gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley and received gold in the 4X200 freestyle this summer.

Lochte has confirmed he will participate in the 2016 Summer Games and he figures to go out with a bang.


Missy Franklin, women's swimming

Missy Franklin was even more hyped than Gabby Douglas headed into the 2012 London Olympics this summer, and she lived up to the billing.

Franklin landed gold in the 100-meter backstroke and the 200-meter backstroke. She also grabbed gold with the women's team in the 4X100 medley and 4X200 freestyle.

You add the fact that Franklin is just 17 years old and you have a superstar-in-the-making.


Anthony Davis, men's basketball

Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, only played about seven minutes per game with Team USA this summer, but he showed flashes of what he could become in his limited playing time.

Davis was 11-of-17 from the field in his seven games with Team USA and his rebounding and shot-blocking ability was apparent from the start.

The 19-year-old has tremendous potential and could be a superstar in the NBA if everything comes together. Expect him to grow and receive more playing time in 2016.


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