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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Fernando Gaviria, Colombia: Cycling

Fernando Gaviria made his mark on the cycling world when he beat the great British road racer Mark Cavendish in two sprint finishes during the 2015 Tour de San Luis in Argentina, after which Cavendish’s team Etixx-Quick-Step immediately signed him. In Rio, the 20-year-old Gaviria will compete in the men’s omnium, in which he is the reigning world champion and a clear favorite for Olympic gold.

The omnium consists of competitions in six different disciplines – a flying lap time trial, a points race, an elimination race, an individual pursuit, a 15 km scratch race and a 1km time trial – to determine the best all-around track performance. The winner is determined by a points system.

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