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Published on Aug 27, 2012
Hundreds of athletes are leaving the U.S. for their chance at immortality in London. 529 U.S. athletes have qualified for the London Olympic Games. In 25 sports, 38 disciplines and 246 of 302 medal events, Team USA has an opportunity to make their presence well-known this summer. The most decorated athlete going to London should be no surprise, Michael Phelps. With 14 gold medals, Phelps already has a lot of hardware and needs just two more medals to match famed Russian gymnast, Larisa Latynina, the most decorated Olympian of all time. For the women, Natalie Coughlin is returning to the Olympics for the third time with 11 medals. With one more medal she'll tie Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres for the most medals ever for the women's swimming. The old Olympian -- that'd be Equestrian's Karen O'Connor, who at 54, is returning to her fifth Olympics. The youngest, at 15, is swimmer Katie Ledecky. Katie won the 800m freestyle event at the Trials. The tallest Olympian at 7 ft 1 in is the center for the U.S. men's basketball team, Tyson Chandler. This first time Olympian is the only center on the U.S. roster. The shortest is a tie between wrestler Clarissa Chun and gymnast Gabby Douglas who are both 4 ft 11 in. There are seven athletes who are entering their fifth Olympic Games. The list, Equestrian's Karen O'Connor and Phillip Dutton, high jumper Amy Acuff, archer Khatuna Lorig, shooters Emil Milev and Kim Rhode.