As this summer draws to a close, the 2012 London Olympic Games loom just over the horizon.
With athletes all over the world preparing for the games, this is the perfect time to make predictions about the lucky few who will receive the highest honor any athlete can get: a chance at an Olympic gold medal.
The US men's swim team was the dominant pool force at the Beijing Olympics, raking in 31 medals and 12 golds.
The problem is that the 2008 team was largely composed of veteran competitors, and many of them have either retired or faded away (for example: Aaron Peirsol, 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the 100-meter backstroke, is now retired).
So this year, Team USA will see many young, ambitious swimmers come up through the ranks and compete for medals. This makes predictions much more interesting than in previous years because there is a lot more competition for open spots.
That being said, these are my predictions for top five USA Men's Olympic swimmers most likely to win multiple golds.