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Top U.S. athletes to watch at Beijing Games

Updated: August 7, 2008, 9:45 AM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

Who will give the United States the best chance at gold? Here are the top American athletes to watch at the Beijing Olympics:

Michael Phelps Sport: Swimming Events: 100-meter and 200 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 200 and 400 individual medley, 400 free relay, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay Main rival: Ryan Lochte Breakdown: Greatest swimmer ever? How about greatest Olympian ever? Michael Phelps isn't just chasing Mark Spitz anymore; he's chasing every legendary Olympian, from ...

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