Top 30 Gold Medal Hopefuls | Olympic Stories | World Olympic Atheletes
This is a list of the most outstanding contenders around the world who are most likely to win Gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games. These are the best of the best!
|1) Anky Van Grunsven|
Going into the Summer Games in London this coming year, Grunsven will have over 20 years under her belt as a dressage competitor, and there are few in the sport that have been able to top her success, either as a team member or an individual rider.
|2) Anna Meares|
Born on September 21, 1983 in Blackwater, Queensland, Australia, Anna Maree Meares is a track cyclist who will be representing her home country of Australia in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
|3) Artur Beterbiev|
Described as a very skilled and heavy-handed puncher, Artur is older than a lot of amateurs in the boxing world. But due to the devolution of boxing of late on a world stage, young amateurs aren’t making the leap into the professional ranks as regularly.
|4) Behdad Salimikordasiabi|
Born on August 12, 1989 in Iran, Behdad Salimikordasiabi is a professional weightlifter who will represent Iran in the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London .
|5) Ian Thorpe|
Ian “The Thorpedo” Thorpe is consistently the most well-known and most successful swimmer on the world stage. He has a long history of competing in the Olympic Games and an entire wall’s worth of medals to show off when he finally retires.
|6) Im Dong Hyun|
Born on May 12, 1986 in South Korea, Im Dong-Hyun is a Gold-medal-winning archer who will represent his home country in this year’s upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
|7) Javier Gomez|
Born on March 35, 1983 in Basel, Switzerland, Francisco Javier Gomez Noya is a professional triathlete who will be representing Spain in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. As one of the best athletes competing in the triathlon in the world, the man known simply as Javier Gomez excels at all three phases of the competition: cycling, swimming and running.
|8) Katie Taylor|
Born on June 2, 1986 in Bray, Wicklow, Ireland, Katie Taylor is an amateur boxer, a footballer, and an all-around celebrity in Ireland and in other parts of the world. She is well known for her advertisement spots as well as her crossover appeal in athletics.
|9) Kohei Uchimura|
Born on January 3, 1989 in Nagasaki, Japan, Kohei Uchimura is a 23-year-old gymnast who will be representing Japan this summer via the Olympic Games in London. After a tough career early on, Uchimura is now coming on as one of the strongest gymnasts in the world.
|10) LeBron James|
Born on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio, USA, LeBron James is a professional basketball player with the NBA and an Olympic athlete. Wisely considered to be the most talented basketball player in the world, the 6-8, 250-lb James is a specimen to behold.
|11) Lena Schoneborn|
Born on April 11, 1986 in Troisdorf, Germany, Lena Schoneborn is a professional pentathlete who competes in the Modern Pentathlon via the Olympics and other international competitions. In the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Schoneborn will represent her home country in the event and is a favorite entering into the Games.
|12) Lin Dan|
No stranger to the limelight, Dan has won 20 gold medals in his career, at the Olympics and other championship events, and has single handedly helped badminton reemerge as an incredibly popular sport throughout Asia.
|13) Lobke Berkhout|
Born on November 11, 1980 in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, Lobke Berkhout is a world champion Dutch sailor who is set to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London for her home country.
|14) Mahe Drysdale|
Born on November 19, 1978 in Melbourne, Australia, Alexander Mahe Owens Drysdale is a professional rower who will be representing New Zealand in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Although born in Australia, Drysdale moved to New Zealand and took up rowing there.
Born on February 19, 1986 in Dois, Riachos, Alagoas, Brazil, Marta Vieira da Silva is a female footballer who will represent her home nation of Brazil in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Known only by her first name, Marta is also a very talented member of the Western New York Flash team in Women’s Professional Soccer (USA)
|16) Matthew Mitcham|
Born on March 2, 1988 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Matthew Mitcham is a diver who is set to compete for his home country in the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. In terms of talented divers in the Games this year, Mitcham is near the top of everyone’s list of athletes to watch.
|17) Michael Phelps|
The Olympic Games Phelps has competed in aren’t the only place he succeeds. Phelps owns 66 medals, 54 gold, 9 silver and 3 bronze, accumulated over the course of 8 years in the Pan Pacific Games, the World Championships, and the Olympic Games.
|18) Misty May Treanor|
Born on July 30, 1977 in Los Angeles, California, USA, Misty May-Treanor is a professional volleyball player and is considered the greatest to ever play the sport, man or woman. With 107 career victories, she is far and away the wins leader for the female side of the sport
|19) Nastia Liukin|
Born on October 30, 1989 in Moscow, Russia, Anastasia Valeryevna Lyukina is a Russian-born American gymnast who will represent the USA at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Anastasia moved to the United States soon after she was born.
Born on February 5, 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Neymar da Silva Santos is a footballer who will be representing his country in this summer’s 2012 Olympic Games in London. Known solely as Neymar, this 20-year-old forward is a star on his Santos professional team and is the current award holder for the FIFA Puskas Award.
|21) Niccolo Campriani|
Born on November 6, 1987 in Firenze, Italy, Niccolo Campriani is a world champion rifle shooter who will represent Italy in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. At only 24 years of age, Campriani has already accomplished a lot by shooting standards and especially by Italian shooting standards
|22) Peter Joppich|
Born on December 21, 1982 in Koblenz, Germany, Peter Joppich is a professional foil fencer who will be representing his home nation in this summer’s Olympic Games in London. Joppich isn’t new to the fencing scene by any stretch.
|23) Rafael Nadal|
One of the most well-known players on the professional tour today, Nadal has surpassed former rivals and is currently the #2 player in the world. Standing 6-1 and weighing less than 200 pounds, Nadal isn’t an imposing presence on the court.
|24) Saori Yoshida|
Born on October 5, 1982 in Tsu, Mie, Japan, Saori Yoshida is a professional woman wrestler who has won multiple gold medals and other awards over the course of her career. In 2012, she will represent her home country of Japan at the Summer Olympic Games in London.
|25) Teddy Riner|
Born on April, 7, 1989 in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles, Teddy Riner is a judoka (practitioner of judo) who will compete for France in this year’s upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
|26) Teun De Nooijer|
Born on March 22, 1976 in Egmond aan den Hoef, North Holland, Teun Floris de Nooijer is a Dutch field hockey player who will be representing his nation in the 2010 Summer Olympic Games in London. With plenty of experience in the field, Nooijer has been to the Olympics twice with his Dutch team, in 1996 and in 2000, winning gold both times.
|27) Steven Lopez|
Born on November 9, 1978 in New York City, New York, USA, Steven Lopez is a 33-year-old professional taekwondo competitor who will be representing the United States of America in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
|28) Timo Boll|
Timo came incredibly close to Olympic Gold at Beijing in 2008 but ultimately missed out. That’s also his story on the World Championship tables. He has taken silver multiple times but just cannot seem to get over the hump and win gold, either plagued by injuries or just bad luck.
|29) Tony Estanguet|
Born on May 6, 1978 in Pau, France, Tony Estanguet is a French canoeist who has been competing—and winning—since the 90s. His style, competitive drive and grace under pressure have all made him the toast of the town in the realm of canoeing.
|30) Usain Bolt|
Born on August 21, 1986 in Trelawny, Jamaica, Usain Bolt is a sprinter whose blinding speed has utterly shocked the world and redefined the limits of the human body. Bolt not only wins his competitions; he decimates the entire field, leaving enough room between his distance and second-place that he can actually look back to view the field as he crosses the finish line.
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