Doesn’t it seem like the memories of Beijing – Michael Phelps’ ridiculous streak, those creepily young Chinese gymnasts, the “Redeem Team” bringing the basketball Gold medal back to America – are still fresh in everyone’s minds
The great thing about the Games is that it gives the country an every-four-years opportunity to discover a whole new crop of international sports stars, many of them African-American. So, as the eyes of the world turn on England, who are the best bets to break out across the pond beginning July 27?
* Kevin Durant – With Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard injured, Kobe Bryant finally showing signs of slowing down and LeBron James dogged with playoff questions, there’s a good chance that Durant will come into merry old England as the brightest star in the U.S. Olympic galaxy. If he leads the Americans to the gold over a very good international field, the “who’s the best player in the world?” debate will get even more interesting.
* Walter Dix – This promising sprinter from Florida won Bronze medals in the 100m and 200m at the 2008 Olympics; imagine the attention he could receive if Dix were to upset fastest-man-alive Usain Bolt in either of these events?
* Sydney Leroux – A promising forward on the women’s soccer team, LeRoux scored five goals in a January qualifying match against Guatemala. A good Olympic run could produce Hope Solo-like levels of fame.
* Cullen Jones – One of the true pioneers for African-Americans in the sport of swimming, Jones won a Gold medal in the 4×100 freestyle in Beijing. With all the attention that will be on swimming this year (thanks to Michael Phelps), Jones can become another shining aquatic star.
* Tyson Gay– Another sprinter poised to challenge Usain Bolt’s swiftness, Gay will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 2008 Games.
Want to read more articles like this one? Subscribe to EURnewsletter.
Got A News Tip or Video You Want to Share? Contact us HERE.
- Be Someone Partners W/ Police for Brains Before Bullets
- THE (06-30-16) EURweb Free-4-All Page
- Music Exec Salutes Billy Paul & Luther Vandross
- Before Muhammad Ali's Death, Son Says 'Evil Stepmom' Kept Him Prisoner
- Iggy Azalea Dumped Nick Young Because He Impregnated His Ex
- Deion Sanders Hit With $1M Lawsuit Over Assault at Son's School
- Apollo Nida Breaking Jailhouse Rules Because ... He's Famous
- Homeless Woman and Millionaire Brought Together by a (Wait for it) Dog
- Wiz Khalifa Sued for $2 Million by Former Label
- TV Host Tomi Lahren Rips Jesse Williams, BET for ‘Race Baiting’ & 'Perpetuating War on Cops' (Watch)
- Discover More Stories on EURweb: Click Here