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KIM RHODE United States Youngest (age 17) female (Credit: AP)

KIM RHODE
United States
Youngest (age 17) female shooting champ in Olympic history when she won double trap in 1996. Could be first U.S. athlete to medal in five consecutive games.

12 Olympic athletes to watch

With the Olympics nearly upon us, check out some of the more famous faces you'll be seeing a lot of in the next couple weeks.

USAIN BOLT Jamaica “World’s Fastest” won gold medals
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USAIN BOLT
Jamaica
“World’s Fastest” won gold medals while breaking world records in 100 and 200, and 400-meter relay at 2008 Olympics.

YOHAN BLAKE Jamaica Blake beat Bolt, his workout
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YOHAN BLAKE
Jamaica
Blake beat Bolt, his workout partner and rival, in the 100 and 200 finals at Jamaica’s Olympic trials and is poised to beat him in London.

PAULA RADCLIFFE Britain Owns three best marathon times
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PAULA RADCLIFFE
Britain
Owns three best marathon times ever. At 38, wants to leave her mark on Olympics after disappointments at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

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CARMELITA JETER United States Won world title at
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CARMELITA JETER
United States
Won world title at 100 meters in 2011, and was world’s fastest in 100 (10.70 seconds) in 2011. Only Florence Griffith-Joyner has faster time in the 100.

MICHAEL PHELPS United States Broke Mark Spitz’s record
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MICHAEL PHELPS
United States
Broke Mark Spitz’s record with eight swimming golds in Beijing. Could win seven more golds, but rival Ryan Lochte is lurking.

KOSUKE KITAJIMA Japan Breaststroke specialist aiming for an
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KOSUKE KITAJIMA
Japan
Breaststroke specialist aiming for an unprecedented triple double, having swept gold in the men’s 100 and 200 meters at the last two Olympics.

REBECCA ADLINGTON Britain One of Britain’s brightest medal
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REBECCA ADLINGTON
Britain
One of Britain’s brightest medal prospects. Will attempt to become the first swimmer to win the 400 and 800 freestyle at consecutive Olympics.

MISSY FRANKLIN United States The 17-year-old sprinter-backstroker, who
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MISSY FRANKLIN
United States
The 17-year-old sprinter-backstroker, who broke on to the international stage at last year’s world championships, is eyeing seven medals.

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KOHEI UCHIMURA Japan Considered by some to be
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KOHEI UCHIMURA
Japan
Considered by some to be greatest male gymnast of all time. Won silver in all-around at Beijing Olympics and has not lost a competition since.

NEYMAR Brazil Soccer great Pele says Neymar is
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NEYMAR
Brazil
Soccer great Pele says Neymar is better than three-time FIFA player of the year Lionel Messi. Instantly recognizable by mohawk hairstyle. Averages a goal every two games.

KIM RHODE United States Youngest (age 17) female
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KIM RHODE
United States
Youngest (age 17) female shooting champ in Olympic history when she won double trap in 1996. Could be first U.S. athlete to medal in five consecutive games.

LUCY VAN DALEN New Zealand Six-time All-American at
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LUCY VAN DALEN
New Zealand
Six-time All-American at Stony Brook and winner of 2012 NCAA indoor mile, from Wanganui, New Zealand. Will compete in the 1,500 beginning Aug. 6.

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