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BRIAN CAZENEUVE
July 23, 2012
Story lines: World-record decathlete Ashton Eaton (above) adds gold to a track medal haul that complements U.S. success in swimming, gymnastics and hoops; fencer Mariel Zagunis and beach volleyballers Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh try to three-peat; shooter Kim Rhode aims for fifth straight medal.
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July 23, 2012

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Story lines: World-record decathlete Ashton Eaton (above) adds gold to a track medal haul that complements U.S. success in swimming, gymnastics and hoops; fencer Mariel Zagunis and beach volleyballers Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh try to three-peat; shooter Kim Rhode aims for fifth straight medal.

Don't overlook: Women's teams in eights rowing (six-year winning streak), soccer (two straight golds), volleyball and water polo.

Hot button: Boxing team won just one medal (bronze) at '11 worlds.

Outlook: An appealing mix of old and new stars delivers another banner Games for the red, white and blue.

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