Less than seven weeks remain until the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Now is a good time to start familiarizing yourself with some of the athletes who will compete in this year’s games.
As usual the United States’ Olympic delegation will include dozens of international superstars and household names:
Swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte
Reigning NBA and WNBA MVPs LeBron James and Tamika Catchings along with superstars such as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Diana Taurasi
A women’s soccer squad that made a name for itself at last year’s World Cup
World-champion sprinter Tyson Gay.
Later this summer we’ll find out if Nastia Liukin will return to defend her all-around gold medal in gymnastics and whether two-time defending gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings will qualify in beach volleyball.
But there are plenty of other great American Olympians that the casual fan doesn’t know. At least not yet. So here are several not-yet...