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Olympics 2012 - Sports Illustrated (7/23/12)

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Olympics 2012 - Sports Illustrated (7/23/12)

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July 23, 2012 | ALEXANDER WOLFF

The grand old city rescued the Games as a last-minute host in 1908 and '48, and its record third Olympics, planned through seven years of triumph and tragedy, should be a vibrant (if possibly soggy) model for...

Meet Team USA

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR

They might not fit the standard definition of a team, but the 530 athletes who will compete for the U.S. in London are precisely that, not least because they reflect—in their stories and aspirations—the very best of...

My Olympic Dream

July 23, 2012 | DAMON HACK

Four years from now golf will be part of the Games and, like everything else, it's all about Tiger

Medal Picks

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE

Who'll reach the winner's podium in all 302 events

All for One

July 23, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN

Far apart in style, temperament and history, three U.S. stars share a goal for London: to win a first individual Olympic gold medal

Second Act

July 23, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN

Four years after his electrifying Beijing double, Usain Bolt remains track's most thrilling performer and its economic engine—but can he win in London?

Revolutionary Games

July 23, 2012 | TERRY McDONELL

The best and worst of nationalism run through the Olympics. The worst is easy: Berlin 1936, Munich 1972. The best is harder to pin, but it is based on pride in where you come from—including your culture's...

Arab Spring

July 23, 2012 | DAVID EPSTEIN

The wave of revolutions that toppled governments from Tunisia to Yemen changed the lives of many London Olympians—for better and worse

Duel Meet

July 23, 2012 | KELLI ANDERSON

Each fueled by the other, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will face off in the Games' greatest rivalry

Back In the Running

July 23, 2012 | TIM LAYDEN

After years of absence and struggle, a trio of U.S. sprinters seeks redemption

Out with A Bang

July 23, 2012 | IAN THOMSEN

In what could be the final showcase for teams laden with NBA stars, the U.S. is a heavy favorite to win its fifth gold in six Games

Girls Rule

July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE

Leading the best U.S. squad ever, Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas will team up—and face off—for glory and gold


July 23, 2012 | SARAH KWAK

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius (left) will become the Olympics' first double-amputee athlete and sixth Paralympian, after, among others, countrywoman Natalie du Toit, who swam at the 2008 Games, and...

Show Stopper

July 23, 2012 | KELLI ANDERSON

Seven-medal hopeful Missy Franklin, 17, isn't shy about displaying her diverse talents, in the pool or on the dance floor


July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE

Story lines: Paddlers eye multiple medals in sprint canoe and kayak; open-water swimmer Thomas Lurz and eventing equestrian Hinrich Romeike shoot for gold; modern pentathlete Lena Schöneborn (right) tries to defend...

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July 23, 2012 | Michael Bamberger

What's the deal with Tiger? Will he win five more majors? Who will have a more successful career, Bubba Watson or Webb Simpson? What do you think of Royal Lytham, and what course in Great Britain is your...


July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR

Bernard Lagat, the American-record holder at three distances (1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters), heads to his fourth Olympics in search of his first gold medal. A native Kenyan who became a U.S. citizen in 2005, Lagat,...


July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE

Story lines: Male fencers could sweep all three disciplines, but the team's star is women's foil specialist Valentina Vezzali (right), 38, who's trying to become the fourth athlete—after the...


July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR

A three-time All-America at Purdue, David Boudia won the individual 10-meter platform silver at last year's worlds, becoming the first U.S. diver to medal in the event since Greg Louganis in 1986. Boudia, 23,...


July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE

Story lines: Chris Hoy (left, foreground), a 30-time world or Olympic medalist, leads a track cycling juggernaut; Somalian-born Mo Farah goes for a distance-running double; big Games for sailors, equestrians ... and...


July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR

The reigning two-time Olympic champions are still smarting over the excruciating penalty-kick shootout loss to Japan in last year's World Cup final. Veterans of that team—including (clockwise from far left)...


July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR

With his bronze medal in the flyweight division at the worlds last October in Azerbaijan, Rau'shee Warren, a 25-year-old Cincinnati native, became the first U.S. boxer to qualify for three Olympic teams. In...


July 23, 2012 | Edited ALEXANDRA FENWICK



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Bout Time

July 23, 2012 | SARAH KWAK

After a decade as an amateur sport with organized world championships, women's boxing finally steps into the Olympic ring. Thirty-six female fighters from 24 countries in three weight classes (flyweight,...


July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE

Story lines: Sprint swimming sensation James Magnussen (above), 20, a converted rugby player, makes waves along with IMer (and tabloid fave) Stephanie Rice; sailors and track cyclists eye multiple medals.


July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE

Story lines: Viktoria Komova (above) and Aliya Mustafina try to topple U.S. favorites in the gymnastics all-around; pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva, back from a year off, goes for her third straight gold.


July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR

At the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, the underdog U.S. stunned world No. 1 Argentina to win its first international gold medal. In London, led by captain Lauren Crandall (left, top), 27, and striker Katie... 


July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR

Nathan Adrian won gold as a member of the 4 × 100 freestyle relay team in Beijing. Now, after his victory in the 100-meter free at the Olympic trials, the 23-year-old has his sights set on an individual medal.

What's New

July 23, 2012 | SARAH KWAK

Goodbye baseball and softball, hello women's boxing, revamped medal events, rules changes, laser guns, a wild move, gender history and a trailblazing Paralympian

Dream Teen

July 23, 2012 | SETH DAVIS

Vegas was buzzing about more than Team USA last week. Meet Andrew Wiggins

Roger, All That

July 23, 2012 | S.L. PRICE

How peculiar it once seemed that Roger Federer insisted that he was still one of the sport's giants—how peculiar now that we didn't believe him

And Now, The In-Decision

July 23, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR

Yo, this is Dwight. I can't take your call right now, but leave a message at the tone and I'll get back to you.


July 23, 2012 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE

Story lines: Two-time 138.5-pound champ Kaori Icho (right) and mates could sweep all four women's wrestling weight classes; judo teams hoard medals, as always; Kosuke Kitajima, 29, tries to sweep men's...


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