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Pedro Cerrano
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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.

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Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Usain Bolt age 31 - Jamaica - Athletics

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Michael Phelps age 32 - United States - Swimming

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

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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

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Ryan Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Ron Mexico added Ryan Cochrane age 29

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Mark Cavendish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Mark Cavendish age 32 - Great Britain - Cycling

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
daniel.layton.wright added Serena Williams age 36 - USA - Tennis

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Maria Sharapova age 30 - Russia - Tennis

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Allyson Felix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Allyson Felix age 32 - United States - Athletics

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Jessica Ennis-Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Jessica Ennis-Hill age 31 - Great Britain - Athletics

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Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Novak Djokovic age 30 - Serbia - Tennis

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Yohan Blake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Yohan Blake age 28 - Jamaica - Athletics

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Stephanie Rice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Stephanie Rice age 29 - Australia - Swimming

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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

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Tom Daley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Tom Daley age 84

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

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Im Dong-Hyun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Im Dong-Hyun age 31 - South Korea - Archery

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Kenenisa Bekele is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Kenenisa Bekele age 35 - Ethiopia - Athetics

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Rebecca Adlington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Rebecca Adlington age 28 - Great Britain - Swimming

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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

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

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Dawn Harper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Dawn Harper age 33 - United States - Athletics

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Tyson Gay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Tyson Gay age 35 - United States - Athletics

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Brady Ellison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Brady Ellison age 29 - United States - Archery

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Oksana Chusovitina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Promising 2012 Olympians
Oksana Chusovitina age 42 - Germany - Gymnastics

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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)

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