Tyson Gay and 7 Athletes Who'll Sadly Never Win Gold

Kathleen So@@kathleensoCorrespondent IIJuly 26, 2012

Tyson Gay and 7 Athletes Who'll Sadly Never Win Gold

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    The summer has been filled with excitement for the 2012 London Olympic Games and the competing athletes are gearing up for the opening ceremonies.

    The Olympic Games have always been a time of mixed emotions: pride, triumph, and at times, defeat.

    Many Olympians are back in 2012 for another chance at the gold but sadly, many will face disappointment once again.

    Although it seems early on, these are eight athletes who are likely never to win gold at the Olympic Games.

Tyson Gay

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    Tyson Gay has won several gold medals...but not in any Olympic Games.

    An injury at the 2008 Beijing Games kept him from competing at his best level of performance. He failed to achieve any medals in his 200-meter event.

    Gay is back in 2012 with another chance to compete for a medal. Although he is considered one of the top sprinters in the world, consistent injuries are his biggest concern when competing.

    He has had several injuries affect his performance but still managed to win gold medals at several international competitions.

    Because of these obstacles, it is unlikely that Gay will see a gold medal around his neck in 2012 and in the future.

Jessica Hardy

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    Jessica Hardy is making her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Olympics.

    After qualifying for the 2008 Beijing games, she voluntarily opted out due to a substance issue. Now that she's back for the 2012 games, Hardy is looking to make major waves in the pool and clinch a Gold medal for the US Team.

    Hardy is likely to have trouble under pressure and the disappointment of the last Olympic Games. As a sort of rookie to the Olympic games, she will compete well for the US Team and maybe even medal, but there's a good chance she will not see gold.

Maria Sharapova

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    Maria Sharapova is on a hot streak right now.

    She is ranked No. 3 in the world and is coming off of a championship title win at the 2012 French Open.

    But the Russian beauty will be competing in the Olympic Games for the first time in her career.

    Coming off of a high, there's a chance she could falter and fail to claim the gold medal. Sharapova's game has improved, but only just recently. Although she will continue to see success at international tournaments, she will not see a gold at the Olympics any time soon.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is ranked No. 6 in the world and is making his Olympics debut at the 2012 London Games.

    Tsonga has been building a name for himself in the recent years while successfully competing in various international tournaments. But a gold medal win seems out of reach for the young tennis star.

    Especially when he's up against some of the best players like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. If anything, Tsonga will have to settle for a silver or bronze medal.

Jonathan Horton

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    This will be Jonathan Horton's second appearance at the Olympic Games.

    He won the bronze and the silver at the 2008 Beijing Games.

    The 26-year-old artistic gymnast has seen great success in both national and international competitions.

    Horton is considered the best on the U.S. Men's National team but after failing to clinch the gold in 2008, it does not seem likely that he will be able to claim it in 2012. Although Horton is a seasoned athlete and an Olympic veteran, the rest of the U.S. Team is fairly young and new to the Olympic Games.

Charlie Cole

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    Charlie Cole will be attending his first Olympic Games with the U.S. National team, competing in the Men's Four event.

    He has competed internationally before but claimed below top three placement in three World Rowing Championships. Although he has a good amount of experience, he has yet to see a championship title in any competition he's participated in.

    He will be a good asset to the team for the Men's Four event, but will probably not see a gold medal this year or in the future.

Lolo Jones

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    Lolo Jones is a hurdler for the US Women's National Team and will be competing in her second Olympic Games.

    A standout athlete and high-profile competitor, there is one major obstacle she will need to overcome.

    At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jones was set to win the Gold in the 100-meter hurdle but failed to do so when she tripped. That costly mistake will surely haunt her in 2012 and contribute to the added pressure of the London Olympic Games.

Dathan Ritzenhein

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    This will be Dathan Ritzenhein's third Olympic Games of his career.

    He will be competing in the Men's 10,000-meter event.

    He also competed in the 10,000-meter in the 2008 Beijing Games and finished eighth.

    Ritzenhein is a top American long-distance runner, but in 2011 he was plagued with injuries. This will surely keep him from snagging the gold in 2012.

    And this being his third Olympic appearance, it's likely that he will not see many more opportunities in the future. This will be Ritzenhein's final chance to clinch the gold and he will most likely fall short.