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

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!

Which event is your favorite to watch during the Olympics?


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