Neymar Will Lead Brazil to First Olympic Gold Medal

The best player in the Olympics, Neymar aims to lead Brazil to its first gold medal.
<p> The best player in the Olympics, 20-year-old samba sensation Neymar aims to lead Brazil to its first gold medal.</p>
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Brazil’s 20-year-old samba sensation Neymar is a rock star in shin guards.

Clearly the premier footballer at the London Olympics, the electrifying striker entered the tournament surrounded by unchecked hype. Legendary Brazilian star Pele set the tone by declaring the Mohawk-ed wunderkind as the world’s best player — ahead of reigning two-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.

Olympics Photo of the Day: U.S. Men's Basketball

A Record-Setting Day on the Court in London
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Carmelo Anthony of Team USA drives to the basket past Nigeria's Derrick Obasohan during a record-setting afternoon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London. Anthony had 37 points in a 156-73 win. The 83-point margin of victory was the largest in Olympic history.

2012 Summer Olympics: Previewing the Men's 100m Dash

Everything you need to know about the popular Olympic event
<p> 2012 Summer Olympics: Previewing the Men's 100m Dash</p>
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Previewing the Men’s 100m Dash

The men’s 100m dash is arguably the highest profile event during the Olympics and the most watched 10 seconds in all of sports.  The winner earns the label “world’s fastest man” and instant stardom.  This race could very well be the most exciting 100m dash in history, with the five fastest men in history -Blake, Bolt, Gatlin, Gay and Powell- competing against each other in a well-matched field where anyone could win.

Olympics Photo of the Day: The U.S. Rowing Team

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U.S. rowers Mary Whipple, Caryn Davies, Caroline Lind, Eleanor Logan, Meghan Musnicki, Taylor Ritzel, Esther Lofgren, Zsuzsanna Francia and Erin Cafaro celebrate after winning the gold medal for the women's rowing eight in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Olympic Athlete in History?

Our 10 Greatest Olympians, and Our Pick for No. 1
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Rick Reilly of ESPN has unleashed a Twitter debate today over a timely topic: Is Michael Phelps a slam-dunk choice as the greatest Olympian of all time? Swimming commenter Rowdy Gaines says it's not even a debate, while Reilly points to the accomplishments of discus thrower Al Oerter — gold medals in four straight Olympic Games — as opening the subject up to discussion.

Olympic Photo of the Day: Michael Phelps, History's Most Decorated Olympian

Michael Phelps won his Olympic record 19th medal as the anchor of the 4x200 freestyle relay.
<p> Michael Phelps won his Olympic record 19th medal as the anchor of the 4x200 freestyle relay.</p>
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Michael Phelps has accumulated so much precious metal, he could rent a wing at Ft. Knox. With his gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay, Phelps set an all-time record with his 19th Olympic medal (15 of them of the gold variety, and nine of those 15 individual medals).

2012 Olympics: 5 Can't-Miss Events for Aug. 1

What to Watch Today from the 2012 London Olympics, including golden girl Missy Franklin.
<p> What to Watch on Aug. 1 from London 2012 Olympics.</p>
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The proceedings in the Aquatic Center have been a little hit or miss for Team USA, but there are plenty more opportunities for medals as swimming continues to dominate the early schedule.

Today's Fab Five, which will highlight NBC's prime-time schedule starting at 8 pm Eastern:

2012 Olympics: 5 Must-Watch Finals and Predictions

Athlon previews and predicts five of the Olympics top upcoming events.
<p> 2012 Olympics: 5 Can't Miss Finals and Predictions</p>
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Some of the top Olympic finals will be held over the next week, starting with Thursday's 200m backstroke and concluding on August 9th when the men's decathlon. All eyes will be on Usain Bolt on August 5th as he goes for gold in the 100m dash. Can the American duo of Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin knock him off?

Athlon previews and predicts five of the Olympics top upcoming events.

Golden Girl Missy Franklin Is the Sweetheart of These Olympics

Franklin Earns First Gold Medal in 100m Backstroke
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Call her The Natural. In her first Olympic Games, Missy Franklin, a giggly 17-year-old high schooler from Colorado, has already shown an uncanny ability to flip the switch when the lights come on and transition into steely veteran with a killer instinct. Only minutes after completing a semifinal heat in the 200m freestyle, Franklin hopped back in the pool and swam to gold in the 100m backstroke, perhaps her signature event.