Michael Phelps cruised to victory in his signature event, the 200-meter butterfly, at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb., on June 28. The 27-year-old will be competing in this event for the fourth time in his Olympic career in London.
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Missy Franklin leads the women's 200-meter backstroke final at the U.S. Olympic trials on July 1. Only 17, Franklin won the race and qualified for the last of her seven events. Franklin is the first U.S. woman to qualify for seven Olympic swimming events, one more than the previous record.
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Gabby Douglas, known as the "Flying Squirrel," showcases how she earned her nickname: The 16-year-old soared on the balance beam on the first night of the U.S. Olympic trials in San Jose, Calif., on June 29. Douglas edged world champion Jordyn Wieber to win the trials and claim the guaranteed spot on Team USA.
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Adam Jones goes completely horizontal on this practice trick for the Moto X Freestyle event at the X Games. Jones, last year's silver medalist, failed to medal in the event this year.
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Gabby Douglas received a 14.9 on balance beam at the U.S. Olympic trials. She showed significant improvement from her performance during worlds earlier this year when she fell from the beam, which cost her the title.
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Carlos Pena of the Tampa Bay Rays separates Kansas City Royals catcher Brayan Pena from the ball before he touches home plate on June 26. The Royals would go on to win 8-2.
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French skipper Franck Cammas leads his Groupama sailing team to victory in the Volvo Ocean Race in Lorient, France. A huge entourage of spectator boats follow in the wake of the speedy sailboat to capture the moments after its win.
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Ryan Harwood of the Lions gets dragged down by James Magner of the Demons as they compete for a mark during an Australian Rules Football match on July 1.
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Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist tries to score from third base during the eighth inning of a June 27 game in Kansas City. Royals catcher Salvador Perez loses his mask as he tags Zobrist out at home. The Royals won 5-4 to complete a three-game sweep.
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Kennedy Baker goes through her balance beam routine during practice at the U.S Olympic trials. The 16-year-old finished eighth overall at the trials and failed to the make the team for London.
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Michael Phelps swims the 200-meter individual medley during a heat race at the U.S. Olympic trials on June 28. Phelps beat Ryan Lochte in the event final by less than one-tenth of a second.
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Serena Williams winds up for a backhand on June 30 at Wimbledon, where she rallied to defeat Zheng Jie 6-7 (5), 6-2, 9-7 the third-round match.
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Nathan Adrian dives into the 100-meter freestyle during the finals at the U.S. Olympic trials on June 29. Adrian won the race to secure a spot in London.
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Sam Mikulak does a double back flip as he dismounts the parallel bars at the U.S. Olympic trials in San Jose, Calif. Mikulak was the final man added to the deep American gymnastics team for London.
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Emma Coburn (far right) easily won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase during the U.S. Olympic trials on June 29. The 2011 national champion in the event, Coburn sealed her spot on Team USA with a time of 9:32.78. Collegiate teammate Shalaya Kipp, who finished third, will join Coburn in London.
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