16 Americans to watch in London

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    (CBS News) Of the U.S. athletes heading to the 2012 London Olympics, these have a shot at bringing home some metal accessories:

    Michael Phelps

    Age: 27

    Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

    Sport: Swimming

    In 2004, a 19-year-old Phelps told CBS that his dream was to tie or break Mark Spitz's Olympic record of seven gold medals. Though he didn't  do it in 2004, he eclipsed the long-standing record in 2008, capturing eight gold medals.

    Phelps became only the second athlete to win eight medals at a single Olympics, after Alexsandr Dityatin, who won eight medals in gymnastics in 1980, with six gold medals and two bronze medals. He is now a 14-time Olympic gold medalist and is the only swimmer ever to break seven world records at one meet. He competes in freestyles, the butterfly, and the individual medley.