May-Treanor and Walsh have all but sewn up their third straight Olympic berth together. The 2004 and 2008 Olympic champions each took time off in 2009 and 2010, but they returned to the professional tour in 2011 and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the world behind the Brazilian world champions.
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Jen Kessy/April Ross
Kessy and Ross ascended while May-Treanor and Walsh were sidelined. They won the 2009 world championship, making them the biggest domestic threat to May-Treanor and Walsh over the last decade. Kessy and Ross are ranked No. 4 in the world and in the driver's seat for the second and final U.S. spot at the London Games.
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Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Hanson
Fendrick and Hanson are ranked 10th in the world and could very well be the best team that doesn't make the Olympic Games. They need a hot start to the 2012 season (beginning in April) to make up ground on Kessy and Ross. Olympic qualification runs from Jan. 1, 2011 through June 17, 2012 and tabulates a team's 12 best results during that period.
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Angie Akers/Nicole Branagh
Branagh, 31, teamed with Elaine Youngs to finish fifth at the 2008 Olympics. Branagh played separately with May-Treanor and Walsh at different times in 2009 and 2010, but when the Olympic champions reunited, Branagh paired with Akers, 35. They stand No. 17 in Olympic qualification, fourth among American teams.
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Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers
The defending male Olympic champions are ranked No. 1 in Olympic qualifying and are a safe bet to make it to London. Whether they can win repeat gold is a different matter. Dalhausser and Rogers were shockingly dispatched in the round of 16 at the 2011 world championships.
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Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal
Gibb and Rosenthal are vying for their second straight Olympics after getting knocked out in the 2008 quarterfinals. They're in a tight battle with Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena for the second and final U.S. men's berth in London.
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Matt Fuerbringer/Nick Lucena
Fuerbringer and Lucena, who partnered in 2010, are in eighth place in Olympic qualifying standings with 3,700 points, which is a mere 60 points ahead of Gibb and Rosenthal.
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Casey Jennings/Kevin Wong
Jennings, Walsh's husband, and Wong are the fourth U.S. men's duo in Olympic qualification standings with 1,338 points. The standings add up as many as 12 finishes, but Jennings and Wong only played seven events in 2011 while most other teams played at least 12. They will gain plenty of points with every tournament they play in 2012, but it might be too little too late.
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