6 Headline-Making Olympic Athletes to Watch Out for This Summer (PHOTOS)

Jill Baughman | Jul 14, 2012 Good News

Michael Phelps

The London Summer Olympics 2012 will be here before we know it. They're by far one of my favorite sporting events to watch. From track & field to gymnastics to swimming, every four years we get to tune in and witness the best athletes in the world compete against each other.

A lot of athletes are coming in as heavy favorites ... or are simply making the headlines for a bunch of other reasons (like, er, being a virgin?). So we've put together a quick, six-athlete list of the Olympians to look out for in the 2012 games. They've either made the news or are going to be the most exciting to watch -- or both!

From go-tos like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt to up-and-comers like cutie Gabrielle Douglas, this is going to be an Olympics to remember. Of course we neglected to mention a bunch of other amazing athletes who will make an appearance -- from Oscar Pistorius, the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics, to Serena Williams, who just won Wimbledon, to Kerry Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, who are just badass -- but this list will hopefully get you pumped up enough for the events to come!

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  • Roger Federer


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    Now that Roger Federer has won Wimbledon, will he be recovered enough to succeed in the Olympics? If he wins a gold medal in the men's singles tournament, which he hasn't done before, the seven-time Wimbledon champ will complete his quest in becoming the greatest tennis player in history.

  • Gabrielle Douglas


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    Of course gymnastics is one of the most exciting events of the Olympics (at least in my opinion). Adorable 16-year-old Gabrielle Douglas is definitely one to watch -- she's the cutie up top in the middle. She won the all-around at the Olympic Trials and is a favorite to take home the gold.

  • Michael Phelps


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    Michael is by far the world's greatest swimmer. Recently though, he dropped one of his eight Olympic events, so he'll compete for seven at the London Games. Already winning the gold 14 times in his storied career -- yeah, he's good with that decision.

  • Lolo Jones


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    Lolo Jones made headlines earlier this year for being a 29-year-old virgin, so she's a track-and-fielder many people will most likely watch ... simply because they know her name. She'll be competing in the 100-meter hurdles.

  • Usain Bolt


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    Usain Bolt probably has one of the most recognizable names in track and field for this Olympics ever since becoming a major star at the Beijing Games. The Jamaican sprinter is already a five-time World and three-time Olympic gold medalist ... it'll be fun to see if he can pull off a repeat.

  • Hope Solo


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    Even though Hope Solo, the US women's soccer team goalie, made headlines for recently failing a drug test, we were relieved when the USADA allowed her to compete. How exciting would it be for the women's soccer team to bring home the gold medal (you know ... if you're from America ...)!

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