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.
“World’s Fastest” won gold medals while breaking world records in 100 and 200, and 400-meter relay at 2008 Olympics.
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.
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.
Breaststroke specialist aiming for an unprecedented triple double, having swept gold in the men’s 100 and 200 meters at the last two Olympics.
The 17-year-old sprinter-backstroker, who broke on to the international stage at last year’s world championships, is eyeing seven medals.
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.
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
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.