20| Neymar, Brazil | Soccer

Age: 20 | Event: Soccer | Medal?: Brazil has never won an Olympic soccer tournament, and it really annoys them. They’re the favorites, and Neymar is their flashiest, best player.

 

19| Alex Morgan, USA | Soccer

Age: 22 | Event: Soccer | Medal?: The US brings back basically the same team that won silver at the World Cup last summer. They’ll fight it out with Japan, Brazil, and Sweden for gold.

 

18| Larissa and Juliana

Age: 30 and 28 | Event: Beach volleyball | Medal?: They’re poised to win gold after winning it all at the 2011 World’s.

 

17| Tom Daley, UK | Diving 

Age: 18 | Event: 10m platform | Medal?: He has a shot. He came in 5th in last year’s World Championships, and won the World’s in 2009.

 

16| Leryn Franco, Paraguay | Javelin

Age: 30 | Event: Javelin | Medal?: She almost came in last at the 2008 Olympics. So probably not.
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15| David Beckham, UK | Soccer 

Age: 37 | Event: Soccer | Medal?: The UK is probably behind Brazil, Spain, Germany, and maybe even Mexico in the medal race.

 

14| Hope Solo, USA | Soccer

Age: 30 | Event: Soccer | Medal?: Probably. It’ll be between USA, Japan, Sweden, and Brazil.

 

13| Michael Phelps, USA | Swimming

Age: 26 | Event: A bunch, but not the eight events he won in Beijing | Medal?: Phelps has still got it (he won four golds at last year’s World Championships). So you can put him down for multiple medals.

 

12| Ryan Lochte, USA | Swimming

Age: 27 | Event: Lots. He swim six races at last year’s World Championships. | Medal?: Multiple golds. He’s the world record holder in the 200 IM, so that seems like a shoe-in.

 

11| Maria Sharapova, Russia | Tennis

Age: 25 | Event: Tennis | Medal?: She’s No. 2 in the world, so she’ll be favorite to make the medal stand.

 

 

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