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The 2012 Summer Olympics are just weeks away, and every country’s teams are finally filling up.As always, the US teams are filled with incredible talent, and there are several athletes you do not want to miss.
From 16-year-old gymnasts, to everyone’s favourite tennis duo, there are plenty of US female athletes you’re going to have to watch this summer.
Why you should watch: Gabby won the Olympic trials, and has already won six gold medals in non-Olympic competitions. She's also has an awesome personality and is always smiling.
Why you should watch: She's the Michael Phelps of women's swimming; she's 6'1', has a 6'4' wingspan, and size 13 feet. She set the world record for the 200-meter back stroke in 2011.
Why you should watch: Jordyn has won 13 gold medals in various national and international competitions.
Why you should watch: Wambach had an incredible performance in last year's World Cup, scoring four goals including one in the final minutes against Brazil in the quarterfinals, helping the team to advance.
Why you should watch: At the Olympic qualifiers, Allyson ran the 200 in 21.69 seconds, the fastest woman since Marion Jones in 1998. Allyson already has two silver medals in the 200 from Beijing, and we're sure she's looking for gold this year.
Why you should watch: This is Alex Morgan's first appearance in the Olympics. She's young, excited and plays with a lot of heart. Morgan also played a big role in last summer's World Cup, scoring two goals, including one against France to help the team advance to the finals.
Why you should watch: Walsh is no stranger to gold medals. She and her teammate Misty May-Treanor, have taken the US volleyball team to gold twice, both in Athens and Beijing. We wouldn't expect any less this year.
Why you should watch: Alongside her teammate Kerri Walsh, May-Treanor is unstoppable. The pair has been called 'the greatest beach volleyball team of all time.'
Why you should watch: Kessler is the youngest person to ever qualify for the US equestrian team. It should be fun to watch this young star compete since it is so rare for someone her age to qualify in this sport.
Why you should watch: Holley Mangold, sister of NY Jets centre Nick Mangold, weighs 374 pounds and can lift more than 200 pounds straight over her head. Mangold was actually a bigger prospect for the 2016 Olympics, but ended up making the team this year after some of her lifts increased by 70 pounds.
Why you should watch: Lolo Jones has one of the most inspiring stories out there. She grew up in a very poor household but was able to get a scholarship to LSU to run track. In the 2008 Olympics, Lolo tripped over a hurdle in the 100m, ruining her chance at a medal. This year is her time for gold.
Why you should watch: Maya Moore is one of the best female basketball players to ever play in college. She took UConn to back to back national championships while scoring an average of 20 points a game. We're sure nothing is going to slow her down at her first Olympics.
Why you should watch: Jeter won the 100m race at the Olympic trials, running it in 10.92 seconds. She beat Marion Jones' 100m record in 2009, making her the second fastest woman ever.
Why you should watch: Hardy is currently the world record holder in the 100m breaststroke, but she will only compete in the 50m and 100m freestyle at the Olympics. It should be exciting to see Hardy go out of her breaststroke comfort zone and try her best at another stroke.
Age: 32 and 30, respectively
Why you should watch: Put these two sisters together and you get nothing but excitement. The pair won gold in both 200 and 2008, and we wouldn't be surprised if they put a third gold away this year.
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