America's next Olympic star? Could be one of many

January 25, 2012 - 3:25 PM
Americas Next Star Olympics

FILE - In this July 25, 2011, file photo, U.S. Michael Phelps, right, and Ryan Lochte look at the scoreboard after a men's 200m Freestyle semifinal at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China. Michael Phelps. Missy Franklin. Jordyn Weiber. Ryan Lochte. Any of those athletes could be the defining face of the U.S. Olympic team in the run-up to the London Games. So far, though, none stands alone as "The One To Watch" _ at least not according to people who make a living out of watching the Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Michael Phelps. Missy Franklin. Jordyn Wieber. Ryan Lochte.

Any of those athletes could be the defining face of the U.S. Olympic team in the run-up to the London Games. So far, though, none stands alone as "The One To Watch" — at least not according to people who make a living out of watching the Olympics.

The Associated Press sent emails to sports agents, executives and others with strong Olympic ties, asking them who America's face of the Olympics would be as the games approach.

Phelps got the most votes with four, followed by Franklin with three, then Wieber (gymnastics) and Lochte (swimming) with two apiece. The rest of the 16 responses were spread among five athletes.