8 athletes to watch at the Rio Olympics

Don't be surprised if you see these athletes on the medal stand this summer.

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Twenty-eight-year-old sand sculptor Rogean Rodrigues gives the finishing touches to the Olympic Rings, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janiero. Twenty-eight-year-old sand sculptor Rogean Rodrigues gives the finishing touches to the Olympic Rings, on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janiero. (Photo: Vanderleo Almeida / AFP/Getty Images)

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The U.S. leads the all-time Olympic medal haul by more than 1,300 medals over the Soviet Union in second place, which means American athletes will be prohibitive favorites in Rio this summer across a number of disciplines. But there are several other countries who hope to score big in their respective sports.

With the pomp and circumstance less than 100 days away, we take a look at some of these up-and-coming medal contenders.

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