With the Beijing Games just over 12 months away, this year's U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships will offer a preview of some Olympic hopefuls. Here are some faces to watch during the meet, scheduled for June 21-24 in Indianapolis, beginning with Gay (center), who finished 2006 as the top-ranked 200-meter runner in the world.
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A specialist in the 200 and the reigning U.S. champ, Spearmon set a personal best last September with the third best 200 in history at 19.65.
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A two-time Olympic silver medalist, Nelson played football at Dartmouth from 1993 to 1996 and is now enrolled in the MBA program at Virginia in addition to still competing in shot put competitions.
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A veteran of the U.S. track scene, Johnson is a seven-time champion in the 110-meter hurdles at Nationals, most recently winning in 2005.
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Felix, whose nickname is "Chicken Legs," won the 200 at the 2005 Outdoors with a time of 22.16, just slightly off her personal best of 22.11.
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Known for wearing his trademark sunglasses while he races, regardless of the weather or time of day, Wariner won the gold medal in the 400 at the 2004 Olympics.
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Stuczynski has built on her reputation as one of the premiere pole vaulters in the nation since her win at the 2006 Nationals. She's the second woman in the world to eclipse the 16-foot mark.
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Carter passed up his final two years of college eligibility in football and track after winning four events at the 2006 NCAA Championships. The move paid off, as he recorded the second fastest 200 in history, 19.63 seconds, later in the year.
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Hoffa, who owns a personal best of 22.11 meters, has been a consistent presence on the podium in American shot put competitions for the past five years.
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Kastor, the United States' most accomplished marathon runner, set a personal best in the 10,000 at 30:50.32 five years ago.
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Webb won the 1500 at Nationals in 2004 and 2005.
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Trammell won the silver medal in the 110 hurdles at both the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and also came in second at the outdoor Nationals in 2006.
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Williams, who was plagued by injuries in 2006 after winning the 100 at the Outdoors in 2005, is hoping a strong performance at this year's Nationals can help get her career back on track.
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One of the most accomplished amateur sprinters, Florida State's Dix owns the American collegiate records in the 100 and 200.
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Symmonds finished second in the 800 at the U.S. Outdoors in 2006 and won at Indoors earlier this year with a time of 1:48.73.
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Since her two-year ban for using nikethamide was cut short in November 2005 after the substance was downgraded, Edwards has once again become a major threat in short-distance sprints.
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Tegenkamp is a strong competitor at several of the middle distances and came in second in the 5,000 a year ago at Nationals.
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After winning at the U.S. Indoors earlier this year with a throw of 21.72 meters, Cantwell looks to be the favorite going into the Outdoor Champioinships.
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Richards won the 400 at both the Outdoors and Indoors in 2006 and broke the 50-second mark nine times on her way to becoming the No. 1-ranked 400 runner in the world.
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