The 2012 Olympic games will begin in just about two weeks and the U.S. swimmers are ready to go for gold.
The US Olympic swim team was selected at the trials, held late last
month in Omaha, Neb., and broadcast to record high ratings on NBC.
Twenty five men and twenty five women have earned spots in
On the men’s side, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will
undoubtedly be the pair to watch. Phelps will be swimming three
relays and four individual races: The 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 Fly and
200 Fly. According to the USA Swimming roster, Lochte will be
swimming the 800 Free relay, the 200 Back and the 200 Free, and
competing against Phelps in the 200 IM and 400 IM. Other team
members back from 2008 include Cullen Jones, Jason Lezak and
Connor Jaeger, 21, a student athlete at the University of Michigan,
is one of the youngest American men. He will compete in the
On the women’s team, Missy Franklin is the new “It
Girl.” The 17-year-old phenom from Centennial, Colo., will be
swimming the 100 and 200 Free,100 and 200 Back, 400 Free relay, and
800 Free relay. Joining Missy is a mix of more young talent and
veterans including Natalie Coughlin, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer
and Rebecca Soni.