The 2012 Summer Olympics are kicking off this weekend in London. From battle-tested veterans to up-and-comers looking to earn their laurels, America once again has quite a few contenders competing. Get to know some of the gifted young athletes representing the United States at the 2012 Summer Games.

 


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The fierce Serena Williams will test the mettle of the world's top tennis players when she goes for Gold.

 


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Swimmer Ryan Lochte, one of the other swimmers on the U.S. team, will compete in 5 events, including the 200m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 200m butterfly, 400m individual medley and the 4x200m freestyle relay.

 


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Reed Kessler will head to London with the U.S. Equestrian Team, where she will compete in Show Jumping, as opposed to Eventing or, Stephen Colbert's new favorite Olympic sport- Dressage.

 


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Gabrielle Douglas gets whistlin' as she preps to work on grabbing some medals for the US Womens' Gymnastic Team.