Photo: via Twitter

2012 Olympics The Most Promising 2012 Olympians  

Pedro Cerrano
826 votes 121 voters 8k views

List Rules Please vote for athletes based on the expectations for the 2012 Olympics

Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.

The most promising 2012 Olympians are the men and women from around the world who are favorites at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. These athletes have been training for years for this chance to soar on the world's stage in their respective athletes. From the individual athletes expected to win big to the athletes looking to upset them, these are the most promising athletes at the 2012 Olympics.

In many popular sports, the athletes most favored to win big are those stars coming into the games ranked number one in the world already. In football, or soccer as it's known in the states, the men's competition is expected to be dominated by Spain who won the UEFA European Football Championship just weeks before the 2012 games. Similarly, on the women's side the US Women's National Soccer Team enters the games ranked at the top of the field and look to take their fourth gold medal in five Summer Olympics.

Other athletes will be battling not just their own teammates in the same Olympic events but close friends. Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, sprinters from Jamaica, and Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, swimmers from the United States, are two pairs of good friends in real life who will be battling for the gold in London.

Which country will dominate in the games, be it the talented American Olympians, the host team of Great Britain or another squad, that's unknown but odds are that many of these talented men and women will bring home some gold from England. A total of 302 medals are up for grabs when the Olympics begin on July 27, 2012.

1
34 16
Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 32 - Jamaica - Athletics

2
38 26
Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 33 - United States - Swimming

3
32 24
Ryan Lochte is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 34 - United States - Swimming

4
30 24
US Men's National Basketball T... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
US Men's National Basketball Team United States - Basketball

5
10 8
Ryan Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Ron Mexico added age 30

6
18 17
Mark Cavendish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 33 - Great Britain - Cycling

7
9 10
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
daniel.layton.wright added age 37 - USA - Tennis

8
17 19
Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 31 - Russia - Tennis

9
14 17
Allyson Felix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 33 - United States - Athletics

10
11 14
Jessica Ennis-Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 32 - Great Britain - Athletics

11
16 20
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 31 - Serbia - Tennis

12
15 19
Yohan Blake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 29 - Jamaica - Athletics

13
12 16
Stephanie Rice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 30 - Australia - Swimming

14
17 22
US Women's National Soccer Tea... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
US Women's National Soccer Team

15
10 14
Tom Daley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 85

16
11 16
Veronica Campbell-Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians

17
8 16
Im Dong-Hyun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 32 - South Korea - Archery

18
6 14
Kenenisa Bekele is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 36 - Ethiopia - Athetics

19
7 16
Rebecca Adlington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 29 - Great Britain - Swimming

20
5 14
Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutt... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti Brazil - Beach Volleyball

21
7 17
Roman Sebrle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Roman Sebrle

22
7 17
Dawn Harper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 34 - United States - Athletics

23
9 20
Tyson Gay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 36 - United States - Athletics

24
5 16
Brady Ellison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Brady Ellison age 30 - United States - Archery

25
4 16
Oksana Chusovitina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
age 43 - Germany - Gymnastics

26
6 20
Spain National Under-23 Footba... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Spain National Under-23 Football Team Spain - Football (Soccer)

27
3 17
Bahiya Mansour Al-Hamad is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Bahiya Mansour Al-Hamad