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100 Team USA athletes to watch on Road to Rio Olympics

The Rio Olympic Games begin August 5 on the networks of NBC. Are you ready?

The U.S. Olympic team will include more than 500 athletes by Aug. 5, the date of the Rio Opening Ceremony.

Americans will compete in every sport in Rio except for handball, looking to top the medal standings for a sixth straight Olympics.

Here are 100 U.S. athletes to watch across those sports both in Brazil and over the next 100 days (those already qualified for the Olympics in italics):

1. Mackenzie Brown, Archery: No. 3 in the world, eyes first U.S. women’s medal since ’88
2. Brady Ellison, Archery: 2012 Olympic team silver medalist

3. Iris Wang, Badminton: Pan Am Games bronze medalist

4. Sue Bird, Basketball: One last run with Geno Auriemma?
5. Brittney Griner, Basketball: Opted out of 2012 Olympic consideration
6. Breanna Stewart, Basketball: Youngest U.S. Olympic women’s player since 1988?
7. Diana Taurasi, Basketball: 20 Olympic points shy of No. 2 all time for U.S. women
8. Stephen Curry, Basketball: Wasn’t among 20 finalists for 2012 team
9. Kevin Durant, Basketball: Leading U.S. scorer at London 2012
10. LeBron James, Basketball: With Carmelo Anthony, can become first three-time U.S. Olympic men’s basketball champions

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11. Claressa Shields, Boxing: 69-1 career record
12. Cam F. Awesome, Boxing: #TaylorSwiftOfBoxing
13. Shakur Stevenson, Boxing: Named after Tupac Shakur

14. Michal Smolen, Canoe/Kayak: World bronze medalist lived in Poland until age 10

15. Kristin Armstrong, Cycling: Two-time Olympic champion is a 42-year-old mom
16. Lea Davison, Cycling: 11th in mountain bike at London 2012
17. Sarah Hammer, Cycling: Hopes to be first U.S. women’s track gold medalist
18. Alise Post, Cycling: Engaged to Australian BMX silver medalist Sam Willoughby
19. Evelyn Stevens, Cycling: Broke UCI hour record in February
20. Connor Fields, Cycling: Missing May’s BMX Worlds after surgery for broken wrist
21. Taylor Phinney, Cycling: Fourth in 2012 Olympic road race and time trial

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22. Abby Johnston, Diving: Synchro springboard silver medalist; Duke medical student
23. David Boudia, Diving: Won London platform gold by 1.8 points
24. Troy Dumais, Diving: Could be oldest U.S. Olympic diver ever

25. Laura Graves, Equestrian: Hairstylist turned dressage rider
26. McLain Ward, Equestrian: 2004, 2008 team gold medalist; U.S. went medal-less in 2012

27. Alexander Massialas, Fencing: World No. 1 in foil; a U.S. man has never won gold
28. Ibtihaj Muhammad, Fencing: Set to be first U.S. Olympian to compete in hijab
29. Mariel Zagunis, Fencing: Most decorated U.S. fencer ever; London 2012 flag bearer

30. Katie O’Donnell, Field Hockey: Now 27, earned her first international cap at age 16

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31. Lexi Thompson, Golf: Played 2007 U.S. Women’s Open at age 12
32. Jordan Spieth, Golf: Two-time major winner has dreamed of walking in Opening Ceremony

33. Simone Biles, Gymnastics: Undefeated in all-arounds for nearly three years
34. Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics: First Olympic all-around champ to return since Nadia?
35. Aly Raisman, Gymnastics: Wants to better fourth-place finish from 2012 all-around
36. Danell Leyva, Gymnastics: Individual medalist at his last three Worlds and 2012 Olympics

37. Kayla Harrison, Judo: Pain-, sorrow-filled times since London Olympic gold
38. Nick Delpopolo, Judo: Expelled from London Games after testing positive for marijuana

39. Margaux Isaksen, Modern Pentathlon: Fourth in 2012, eyes first U.S. medal since ’00
40. Nathan Schrimsher, Modern Pentathlon: First U.S. athlete to qualify for Rio last July

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41. Meghan Musnicki, Rowing: Only 2012 Olympic champ in the 2015 Worlds eight
42. Katelin Snyder, Rowing: New eight coxswain, replacing retired Mary Whipple
43. Henrik Rummel, Rowing: Danish-born London fours bronze medalist

44. Jillion Potter, Rugby: Overcame cancer to captain U.S. women
45. Nate Ebner, Rugby: Patriots safety with a ’50-50' shot at Rio
46. Madison Hughes, Rugby: Led U.S. to historic World Series title in London, his birthplace

47. Dave Hughes, Sailing: Coached the late Trevor Moore at 2012 Olympics

48. Kim Rhode, Shooting: Could earn an Olympic medal on fifth different continent
49. Matthew Emmons, Shooting: Cancer survivor earned medals in 2004, 2008, 2012
50. Vincent Hancock, Shooting: Two Olympic titles, three World titles in skeet

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51. Carli Lloyd, Soccer: Scored all U.S. goals in 2008 and 2012 Olympic finals
52. Alex Morgan, Soccer: Only one of five U.S. forwards from 2012 currently playing
53. Hope Solo, Soccer: Played every minute in 2008 and 2012 after being alternate in Athens

54. Natalie Coughlin, Swimming: Shares U.S. female record of 12 Olympic medals
55. Missy Franklin, Swimming: Goal is to break Coughlin’s record
56. Katie Ledecky, Swimming: Youngest on 2012 U.S. Olympic team now superstar
57. Dana Vollmer, Swimming: Fastest U.S. butterflier again, one year after baby
58. Nathan Adrian, Swimming: Won 2012 Olympic 100m freestyle by .01
59. Matt Grevers, Swimming: Olympic champ ceded World backstroke crown to Aussie
60. Ryan Lochte, Swimming: Injuries, coaching change since starring role in London
61. Michael Phelps, Swimming: Still best U.S. male swimmer after retirement, suspension
62. Jordan Wilimovsky, Swimming: Open-water 10km World champion

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63. Anita Alvarez, Synchronized Swimming: Former prep swimmer qualified in duet with Mariya Koroleva

64. Lily Zhang, Table Tennis: First U.S. Olympian to then make Youth Olympics
65. Kanak Jha, Table Tennis: First American born in 2000s to qualify for Olympics

66. Jackie Galloway, Taekwondo: 2012 Olympic alternate for Mexico
67. Steven Lopez, Taekwondo: Has made every Olympic taekwondo team

68. Serena Williams, Tennis: Went 22-0 in sets at London 2012 (singles and doubles)
69. Venus Williams, Tennis: Can play in record fifth Olympic singles tournament
70. Bob Bryan, Tennis: His 2012 gold medal is ‘not even a circle anymore’
71. Mike Bryan, Tennis: Earned mixed doubles bronze with Lisa Raymond in 2012

72. Tori Bowie, Track and Field: Converted long jumper earned World 100m bronze
73. Vashti Cunningham, Track and Field: Randall’s daughter is high jump prodigy
74. Allyson Felix, Track and Field
: Eyes a Michael Johnson-like 200m-400m double
75. Dawn Harper-Nelson, Track and Field: May win second gold or miss deep team
76. Brittney Reese, Track and Field: Could be first repeat women’s long jump champ
77. Sanya Richards-Ross, Track and Field: Plans to defend 400m crown, retire
78. Jenn Suhr, Track and Field
: May defend pole vault title vs. Brazil track and field star
79. Trayvon Bromell, Track and Field: 2015 World 100m co-bronze medalist at age 20
80. Ashton Eaton, Track and Field: One half of world’s most athletic couple
81. Justin Gatlin, Track and Field: Faster than Usain Bolt in ’14, ’15, save a few strides
82. Meb Keflezighi, Track and Field: Oldest U.S. Olympic runner ever
83. Joe Kovacs, Track and Field: Shot put champ first coached by mom in parking lot
84. Aries Merritt, Track and Field: 110m hurdles champ had kidney transplant Sept. 1
85. Christian Taylor, Track and Field: Switched takeoff legs since winning London 2012 triple jump

86. Gwen Jorgensen, Triathlon: Won 13 straight top-level events from 2014 until April 9

87. April Ross, Beach Volleyball: Silver medalist in London with Jennifer Kessy
88. Kerri Walsh Jennings, Beach Volleyball:
Teamed with Ross after third child in 2013
89. Phil Dalhausser, Beach Volleyball: 2008 Olympic champion with Todd Rogers
90. Nick Lucena, Beach Volleyball:
Reunited with Dalhausser in 2015 after 10 years apart

91. Jordan Larson-Burbach, Volleyball: Player of the Year for the World champions
92. Matt Anderson, Volleyball: Back from a break due to depression, homesickness and stress

93. Ashleigh Johnson, Water Polo: Star goalie not from sport’s typical background
94. Maggie Steffens, Water Polo: 2012 Olympic gold-medal team MVP at age 19
95. Tony Azevedo, Water Polo: Born in Rio, seeks fifth U.S. Olympic berth

96. Sarah Robles, Weightlifting: Top U.S. finisher at Worlds (sixth), after two-year steroid ban

97. Adeline Gray, Wrestling: World champ is undefeated since July 2014
98. Helen Maroulis, Wrestling: May have to beat legendary Saori Yoshida for gold
99. Jordan Burroughs, Wrestling: 124-2 senior record, including 2012 Olympic title
100. Kyle Snyder, Wrestling: Youngest U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestler in 40 years

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