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Stars to watch out for in London



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<b>MICHAEL PHELPS </b><br><br>In the last two Olympics (2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing), Phelps has racked up an incredible 16 medals (14 gold and two bronze). The upcoming games should be no different for the King of the Pool. The American is by far the most dominant athlete in the sport of swimming and there is really no reason why he shouldn"t win a medal in every event he takes part in London. His eight in Beijing had surpassed American swimmer Mark Spitz's sevengold-medal-winning performance at Munich in 1972 and made him the highest gold medal winning athlete in Olympic history. The Baltimore Bullet has Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina's all-time Olympic record of 18 overall medals in his sights now. Though the situation has changed a bit for the Aqua Gladiator of Beijing in the last four years with the 'Bong pipe' controversy of 2009 and the subsequent ban, limited participation in international events, occasional dips in form, lack of motivation (as admitted by his coach Bob Bowman) and the emergence of a number of new swimming sensations including compatriot Ryan Lochte, Phelps is expected to get back to peak form at the London Aquatics Centre. He has already mentioned that he will retire after the 2012 Olympics, so expect big things from him this summer.

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MICHAEL PHELPS

In the last two Olympics (2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing), Phelps has racked up an incredible 16 medals (14 gold and two bronze). The upcoming games should be no different for the King of the Pool. The American is by far the most dominant athlete in the sport of swimming and there is really no reason why he shouldn"t win a medal in every event he takes part in London. His eight in Beijing had surpassed American swimmer Mark Spitz's sevengold-medal-winning performance at Munich in 1972 and made him the highest gold medal winning athlete in Olympic history. The Baltimore Bullet has Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina's all-time Olympic record of 18 overall medals in his sights now. Though the situation has changed a bit for the Aqua Gladiator of Beijing in the last four years with the 'Bong pipe' controversy of 2009 and the subsequent ban, limited participation in international events, occasional dips in form, lack of motivation (as admitted by his coach Bob Bowman) and the emergence of a number of new swimming sensations including compatriot Ryan Lochte, Phelps is expected to get back to peak form at the London Aquatics Centre. He has already mentioned that he will retire after the 2012 Olympics, so expect big things from him this summer.

<b>CHRIS HOY </b><br><br>British cycling legend Chris Hoy is not only a brand ambassador for the 2012 Games but also one of Britain's best medal hopefuls in their own backyard. His phenomenal three gold medals in Beijing 2008, made him the first Briton to win three gold medals in a single Olympic games since Henry Taylor, in 1908, and the most successful Olympic medalist in cycling history. But the Superlative Scot is hungry for more and already set the tone with his emphatic double gold triumph at the 2012 World Cup event in the new London Velodrome- the same place where Hoy will launch his Olympic gold quest in August.

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CHRIS HOY

British cycling legend Chris Hoy is not only a brand ambassador for the 2012 Games but also one of Britain's best medal hopefuls in their own backyard. His phenomenal three gold medals in Beijing 2008, made him the first Briton to win three gold medals in a single Olympic games since Henry Taylor, in 1908, and the most successful Olympic medalist in cycling history. But the Superlative Scot is hungry for more and already set the tone with his emphatic double gold triumph at the 2012 World Cup event in the new London Velodrome- the same place where Hoy will launch his Olympic gold quest in August.

<b>KENENISA BEKELE | </b><br><br>Long-distance legend Kenenisa Bekele is standing on the cusp of history. The Ethiopian runner, who holds the world and Olympic record in both the 5000 metres and 10, 000 metres events, is also the reigning Olympic champion in both events and is targeting the most coveted Olympic treble in the 10, 000 metres which will see him surpassing a host of legends of long-distance running - Paavo Nurmi, Emile Zatopek, Lasse Viren and Haile Gebrselassie. All four won the Olympic 10, 000m title twice, as has Bekele. Now he intends to become the first man to win it three times.

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KENENISA BEKELE |

Long-distance legend Kenenisa Bekele is standing on the cusp of history. The Ethiopian runner, who holds the world and Olympic record in both the 5000 metres and 10, 000 metres events, is also the reigning Olympic champion in both events and is targeting the most coveted Olympic treble in the 10, 000 metres which will see him surpassing a host of legends of long-distance running - Paavo Nurmi, Emile Zatopek, Lasse Viren and Haile Gebrselassie. All four won the Olympic 10, 000m title twice, as has Bekele. Now he intends to become the first man to win it three times.

<b>JORDYN WIEBER </b><br><br>In gymnastics, Jordyn Wieber is certainly the star to watch out for in London. The artistic gymnast from the USA has won two allaround medals in her last two events and appears ready to hog the limelight in gymnastics at the 2012 London Games. The 16-yearold is no stranger to international competition, winning three medals at the 2010 World Championships (two gold and one bronze) and four gold medals at the Pacific Rim Championships. She is also the 2011 U. S. Senior National Champion and the 2011 American Cup Champion. She is winner of the AT&T American Cup this year. Wieber is arguably the most talented allaround gymnast in the world right now and is expected to help the US gymnastic team win more medals in 2012 than they did in 2008.

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JORDYN WIEBER

In gymnastics, Jordyn Wieber is certainly the star to watch out for in London. The artistic gymnast from the USA has won two allaround medals in her last two events and appears ready to hog the limelight in gymnastics at the 2012 London Games. The 16-yearold is no stranger to international competition, winning three medals at the 2010 World Championships (two gold and one bronze) and four gold medals at the Pacific Rim Championships. She is also the 2011 U. S. Senior National Champion and the 2011 American Cup Champion. She is winner of the AT&T American Cup this year. Wieber is arguably the most talented allaround gymnast in the world right now and is expected to help the US gymnastic team win more medals in 2012 than they did in 2008.

<br><b><br><br>YELENA ISINBAYEVA </b><br><br>In all likelihood the 2012 London Games will witness Russian pole-vaulting legend Yelena Isinbayeva's final hurrah on the Olympic stage. The 2004 and 2008 gold medalist is once again the hot favourite to clinch the yellow metal to accomplish an extraordinary hat-trick. But she certainly has to cross a number of stumbling blocks in London. Since winning the Beijing gold it has been a torrid time for the Russian pole vault icon. A series of disastrous performances including medal-less returns from two successive World Championships-2010 in Berlin and 2011 in Daegu, followed by a one-year break from the sport in 2011 has put Isinbayeva's glittering career of an awesome 30 world records and innumerable international triumphs on the brink but her magnificent comeback at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul with a gold has once again brought her under the spotlight and her swan song should draw added attention to the women's pole vaulting competition, already one of track and field's premier events.

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YELENA ISINBAYEVA


In all likelihood the 2012 London Games will witness Russian pole-vaulting legend Yelena Isinbayeva's final hurrah on the Olympic stage. The 2004 and 2008 gold medalist is once again the hot favourite to clinch the yellow metal to accomplish an extraordinary hat-trick. But she certainly has to cross a number of stumbling blocks in London. Since winning the Beijing gold it has been a torrid time for the Russian pole vault icon. A series of disastrous performances including medal-less returns from two successive World Championships-2010 in Berlin and 2011 in Daegu, followed by a one-year break from the sport in 2011 has put Isinbayeva's glittering career of an awesome 30 world records and innumerable international triumphs on the brink but her magnificent comeback at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul with a gold has once again brought her under the spotlight and her swan song should draw added attention to the women's pole vaulting competition, already one of track and field's premier events.

<b>USAIN BOLT | </b><br><br>There is seriously no prize for guessing who will scorch the track in London. Since taking the world by storm with his spectacular Olympic debut in Beijing (with 3 golds), Usain Bolt hasn't lost a nanosecond of his lightning speed and grown from strength to strength in the last four years, keeping himself a few yards ahead of the competition. Despite the presence of fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell and American Tyson Gay - the two sprinters who contributed to Bolt's only two defeats in his entire track and field career - the 25-year-old is expected to retain his status as the fastest man on earth, winning both 100 and 200 metre sprints. His catastrophic failure at the 2011 World Championship in Daegu (Bolt, the overwhelming favourite to win in the 100 metres was eliminated from the final for a false start), will surely be at the back of his mind while his lackluster 10. 04-second race at Ostrava this May can also be a cause of concern for the 'Thunder Bolt' but it is highly unlikely that the undisputed King of Track will bite the dust at the London Olympic Stadium. There is no doubt among the pundits that Bolt will rewrite history on the faster tracks in London, but all eyes will be on whether he can break the unbelievable 9. 4 seconds barrier or not.

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USAIN BOLT |

There is seriously no prize for guessing who will scorch the track in London. Since taking the world by storm with his spectacular Olympic debut in Beijing (with 3 golds), Usain Bolt hasn't lost a nanosecond of his lightning speed and grown from strength to strength in the last four years, keeping himself a few yards ahead of the competition. Despite the presence of fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell and American Tyson Gay - the two sprinters who contributed to Bolt's only two defeats in his entire track and field career - the 25-year-old is expected to retain his status as the fastest man on earth, winning both 100 and 200 metre sprints. His catastrophic failure at the 2011 World Championship in Daegu (Bolt, the overwhelming favourite to win in the 100 metres was eliminated from the final for a false start), will surely be at the back of his mind while his lackluster 10. 04-second race at Ostrava this May can also be a cause of concern for the 'Thunder Bolt' but it is highly unlikely that the undisputed King of Track will bite the dust at the London Olympic Stadium. There is no doubt among the pundits that Bolt will rewrite history on the faster tracks in London, but all eyes will be on whether he can break the unbelievable 9. 4 seconds barrier or not.

<b>THE TENNIS TRIO | </b><br><br>Among a galaxy of stars in London, the most star-studded and marquee event will surely be tennis with the terrific trio of Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic set to battle it out against each other at the grass courts of Wimbledon. Current world number two Nadal won the gold medal in Beijing, and he will be the favorite to defend his title this summer. The Spaniard already has won Wimbledon twice and if he has it his way, King Rafa will have a big say in determining who will have the most successful summer in 2012. On the other hand, Federer will be 30 when the Games will get underway and will be desperate to add an Olympic singles gold to his incredible tally of 16 Grand Slam singles titles. Although he had won a doubles gold with his partner Stanislas Wawrinka at the Beijing Games, a singles gold has continued to remain elusive for the Swiss Ace after his surprising defeat at the hands of American James Blake in the quarterfinals. With Wimbledon being his happy-hunting arena (he has won six wimbledon titles, the most out of his 16 Major titles), Federer is getting one last chance to achieve his unfulfilled dream. But the man who can upset both Federer and Nadal's applecart in London is Djokovic. He had to be satisfied with a bronze in Beijing after losing to Nadal in the semifinal but the Djoker has come a long way in the last couple of years, winning 4 Grand Slam titles and knocking both Federer and Nadal from their perches. With his red hot form continuing, the Serbian might well have the last laugh in the multi-starrer contest at the Games.

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THE TENNIS TRIO |

Among a galaxy of stars in London, the most star-studded and marquee event will surely be tennis with the terrific trio of Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic set to battle it out against each other at the grass courts of Wimbledon. Current world number two Nadal won the gold medal in Beijing, and he will be the favorite to defend his title this summer. The Spaniard already has won Wimbledon twice and if he has it his way, King Rafa will have a big say in determining who will have the most successful summer in 2012. On the other hand, Federer will be 30 when the Games will get underway and will be desperate to add an Olympic singles gold to his incredible tally of 16 Grand Slam singles titles. Although he had won a doubles gold with his partner Stanislas Wawrinka at the Beijing Games, a singles gold has continued to remain elusive for the Swiss Ace after his surprising defeat at the hands of American James Blake in the quarterfinals. With Wimbledon being his happy-hunting arena (he has won six wimbledon titles, the most out of his 16 Major titles), Federer is getting one last chance to achieve his unfulfilled dream. But the man who can upset both Federer and Nadal's applecart in London is Djokovic. He had to be satisfied with a bronze in Beijing after losing to Nadal in the semifinal but the Djoker has come a long way in the last couple of years, winning 4 Grand Slam titles and knocking both Federer and Nadal from their perches. With his red hot form continuing, the Serbian might well have the last laugh in the multi-starrer contest at the Games.

<b>THE US MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM </b><br><br>After their shocking 3rd place finish at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the star-studded US men's basketball team or the 'Redeem Team' regained their lost pride in Beijing. The spotlight is once again back on the Americans as they are set to produce yet another multi-starrer blockbuster at the London Games. With a galaxy of NBA stalwarts like Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant in their ranks, the US Men's basketball team is expected to steal the thunder once again.

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THE US MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

After their shocking 3rd place finish at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the star-studded US men's basketball team or the 'Redeem Team' regained their lost pride in Beijing. The spotlight is once again back on the Americans as they are set to produce yet another multi-starrer blockbuster at the London Games. With a galaxy of NBA stalwarts like Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant in their ranks, the US Men's basketball team is expected to steal the thunder once again.

<br><b><br><br>RYAN LOCHTE </b><br><br>Ryan Lochte is the man who can actually challenge the invincibility of the legendary Michael Phelps in London. Outpaced and overshadowed by a phenomenal Phelps at the 2008 Beijing Games, Lochte managed to win just two gold and two bronze medals. But at the 2011 World Championships, he dominated, winning six medals, five gold and one bronze. More interestingly, at the high profile event, he outperformed Phelps, beating him twice head-to-head and winning four individual golds to Phelps' two. This summer could well see his rise to the top of the swimming world.

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RYAN LOCHTE


Ryan Lochte is the man who can actually challenge the invincibility of the legendary Michael Phelps in London. Outpaced and overshadowed by a phenomenal Phelps at the 2008 Beijing Games, Lochte managed to win just two gold and two bronze medals. But at the 2011 World Championships, he dominated, winning six medals, five gold and one bronze. More interestingly, at the high profile event, he outperformed Phelps, beating him twice head-to-head and winning four individual golds to Phelps' two. This summer could well see his rise to the top of the swimming world.

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