Olympic Preview

DEPARTMENTS

4 SI DIGITAL

6 LEADING OFF

12 THE MAIL

14 EDITOR'S LETTER

19 SCORECARD

Getting priorities straight at Penn State

28 FACES IN THE CROWD

31 JUST MY TYPE

Mark Teixeira: Yanks just wanna have fun

BY DAN PATRICK

34 INSIDE...

MLB | NFL | NHL | NBA | College Football

College Basketball | Tennis

124 POINT AFTER

Dwight Howard out-LeBrons LeBron

BY PHIL TAYLOR

FEATURES

50 | THE HOST CITY

London's plan is a model for the future

BY ALEXANDER WOLFF

56 | THE VENUES

A visual guide to where the Games will be played

60 | WHAT'S NEW

Women's boxing, Blade Runner—and laser guns

BY SARAH KWAK

64 | PHELPS AND LOCHTE

The swimmers form the Games' greatest rivalry

BY KELLI ANDERSON

70 | U.S. GYMNASTICS

Is this the best American women's team ever?

BY BRIAN CAZENEUVE

74 | MEET TEAM USA

530 athletes who reflect the nation's finest

BY PHIL TAYLOR

82 | DREAM TEAM

It's the last roundup of NBA stars gunning for gold

BY IAN THOMSEN

88 | USAIN BOLT

He's track's biggest star—but no sure bet in London

BY TIM LAYDEN

94 | WOMEN'S TRACK

Three top U.S. sprinters chase their first golds

BY TIM LAYDEN

100 | ARAB SPRING

Revolution rocked the lives of many Olympians

BY DAVID EPSTEIN

110 | MEDAL PICKS

Predictions in all 304 London events

BY BRIAN CAZENEUVE

ON THE COVER: PHOTOGRAPH BY PETER READ MILLER

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PHOTOPETER READ MILLERLET IT BEAM Gabby Douglas (a.k.a. the Flying Squirrel) is one of several U.S. gymnasts expected to shine in London.

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