Top 10 female U.S. athletes to watch in London

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They're strong, they're fierce and they're the best at what they do. U.S. female athletes are set to make Americans proud at the London 2012 Olympic Games. These top women dominate everything from volleyball and soccer to fencing and weightlifting. Individually they're determined and strong. Together, the women of Team USA are unstoppable.

Team Walsh and Treanor : Volleyball

It's hard not to place Kerri Walsh, and Misty May Treanor at the top of any list of U.S. female athletes. The pair is teaming up for the 2012 Olympic Games, hoping to bring home a third gold medal. They hold the record for most tournaments won. Americans will be watching the agile players show what it means to be part of a winning team.

Hope Solo - Soccer

Her name may imply differently, but Hope Solo is a strong team player. She'll be defending the net at the Olympic Games as goal keeper. She's considered the best goal keeper in women's soccer. Solo plans to keep playing soccer well after the London 2012 Olympic Games, according to her Twitter post (April 19, 2012), "let him know I'm not retiring anytime soon."

Logan Tom - Volleyball

She's no stranger to the Olympics, having competed in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. Logan Tom is considered one of the best all-around volleyball players and is known for scoring, serving, blocking and spiking.

Nastia Liukin - Gymnastics

American fans are thrilled that Nastia Liukin , the 2008 Olympic All-Around Champion will be competing at the 2012 Olympic Games. The gymnast currently has nine world medals (four gold and five silver). Both Liukin and Shannon Miller have earned more world and Olympic medals than any other U.S. gymnast according to Team USA .

Natalie Coughlin - Swimming

Natalie Coughlin is another American Olympic champion hoping to break records at the London Olympic Games. She's earned "11 Olympic medals in two Olympics, the second highest in American Swimming History to the 12 medals won by Jenny Thompson achieved in four Olympics" according to her website.

Sarah Robles - Weightlifting

If you want to strength, keep an eye on Robles. The top-scoring weightlifting woman on the U.S. team is headed to the London 2012 Olympic Games even though she's only been weightlifting since 2008. That's a mere four years of training to get to the top of her game. Previously, Robles threw the shot put and discus in track and field. Her trainer introduced her to Olympic lifts to improve her throw and she never looked back.

Mariel Zagunis - Fencing

She may not be a household name, but she should be. Mariel Zagunis is one of two women who have won two gold medals in fencing. There is no fencing award Zagunis hasn't won. She's aiming for a "gold medal three-peat" and for this Olympian, aim is everything.

Mallory Weggemann - Swimming

Will Weggemann break any world records at the 2012 Paralympic Games like she did at the IPC Swimming World Championships? Weggemann is the reason we watch. In 2008 she received an epidural injection to help treat back pain but the procedure left her paralyzed from the waist down. She still swims, competes and wins. Her motto is "Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit."

Jennifer Suhr - Pole Vaulting

She's only the best women's pole vaulter in the world. She's the indoor and outdoor champion. Jennifer Suhr has broken world records and taken the silver medal more than once. The sky's the limit for Shur at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Sources

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Olympism in Action, International Olympic Committee

International Olympic Committee

United States Olympic Committee

U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

U.S.A Volleyball

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