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The most promising Team USA 2012 Olympians are the talented American male and female athletes who have the most potential to win big at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. These athletes are not just the best in the country at their respective sports but also some of the best in the world.

Some of the most promising United States athletes at the 2012 Olympics are not competing individually, but rather with a team of highly skilled Americans. Right at the front of that pack is the 2012 US Men's Olympic Basketball Team which is stacked with many of the finest players in the NBA today like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, among many others. With many calling this the best team in Olympic history, few anticipate the squad bringing home anything less than gold.

For individual athletes, the 2012 games marks possibly the final chance for a big win before their time atop their respective sports is over. All eyes will be on gorgeous male swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, who will compete head to head once again, and perhaps for the last time as both are approaching their 30s. Phelps famously won eight hold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics but recently he's been bested by good pal Lochte. Chances of one or both of these swimmers medaling at the 2012 games is nearly guaranteed.

Just as many athletes are preparing for their final appearance on the Olympic stage, many young athletes are getting ready for their first. That is the expected situation with the US Women's Gymnastics Team. Formerly led by the likes of Nastia Liukin and Alicia Sacramone, younger stars like Kordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman are hoping to break into the spotlight.

Every athlete participating in the 2012 London Olympics is hoping to bring home a gold metal (or eight if you're swimming Michael Phelps) but only the best will be victorious. Which will be the most successful? Take out your crystal balls and predict with us by voting for the athletes you think have the most potential, re-ranking the list your way and adding any athletes we may have missed below.

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Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Wa... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings Beach Volleyball

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Missy Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Missy Franklin age 22 - Swimming

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Ryan Lochte is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Ryan Lochte age 33 - Swimming

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Aly Raisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Michael Phelps age 32 - Swimming

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US Men's National Basketball T... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
US Men's National Basketball Team

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Jordyn Wieber is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Jordyn Wieber age 22 - Gymnastics

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US Women's National Soccer Tea... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
US Women's National Soccer Team Football (Soccer)

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Dawn Harper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Dawn Harper age 33 - Athletics: Hurdles

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Brendan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Brendan Hansen age 36 - Swimming

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Mariel Zagunis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Mariel Zagunis age 32 - Fencing

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Hunter Kemper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Hunter Kemper age 41 - Triathlon

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Allyson Felix is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Allyson Felix age 32 - Athletics: 200-meter sprint

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Steven López is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Steven López age 39 - Taekwondo

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Jonathan Horton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Jonathan Horton age 32 - Gymnastics

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David Oliver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
David Oliver age 35 - Athletics: Hurdles

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Henry Cejudo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Henry Cejudo age 30 - Wrestling

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James Magnussen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians

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Natalie Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Natalie Coughlin age 35 - Swimming

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Joseph Diaz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Joseph Diaz age 25 - Boxing

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Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausse... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser Beach Volleyball

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Bryan Clay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Bryan Clay age 37 - Athletics: Long Jump

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Terrence Jennings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Terrence Jennings Taekwondo

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McKayla Maroney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians

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Errol Spence Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Errol Spence Jr. Boxing

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Alicia Sacramone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Alicia Sacramone age 30 - Gymnastics

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Nastia Liukin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Promising Team USA 2012 Olympians
Nastia Liukin age 28 - Gymnastics