The trials and the glories

Six athletes are ready for brutal Olympic trials

Updated: June 20, 2012, 2:36 PM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN The Magazine

TO WIN IT IN LONDON, you have to be in it -- that is, survive the brutal U.S. Olympic trials in gymnastics, track and field and swimming and land a spot on the team. Here are six athletes who are poised to make a dramatic statement when their trials kick off in late June.

HURTLING BACK Nastia Liukin, 22 Liukin wants to be the first reigning individual all-around gold medalist to return to the Olympics since Nadia Comaneci in 1980. "I hope I can play a role ...

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