At the center of that conversation is the athletes who will compete and what they’re setting out to accomplish. Of course, everybody will be tuning in to watch well-known veterans like Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps attempt to leave their final marks on Olympic history. But what about the rest of the pack? When the torch is lit and the games begin, which newcomers will everyone be buzzing about most? Which elites have the greatest shot at earning gold? Who will set new records?
Of course, it’s still pretty early in the game, but if these athletes' recent performances are any indication of how they’ll compete in the 2016 Summer Games, then you’ll certainly want to keep your eye on them as they compete with the best of the best athletes in the world.