How will the American teams fare? Globe Olympics writer John Powers provides a forecast. Basketball and gymnastics listed first. All other sports listed alphabetically.
PRELIMINARY GROUPS — Men: Pool A: Argentina, France, Lithuania, Nigeria,Tunisia, US. Pool B: Australia, Brazil, China, Great Britain, Russia, Spain. Women: Pool A: Angola, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Turkey, US. Pool B: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Russia.
US SCHEDULES — Men: July 29, France; July 31, Tunisia; Aug. 2 Nigeria; Aug. 4 Lithuania; Aug. 6 Argentina. Women: July 28 Croatia; July 30 Angola; Aug. 1 Turkey; Aug. 3 Czech Republic; Aug. 5 China.
US ROSTERS — Men: F Carmelo Anthony, G Kobe Bryant, C Tyson Chandler, F Anthony Davis, G Kevin Durant, G James Harden, G/F Andre Iguodala, F LeBron James, F Kevin Love, G Chris Paul, G Russell Westbrook, G Deron Williams. Women: F Seimone Augustus, G Sue Bird, F Swin Cash, F Tamika Catchings, C Tina Charles, C Sylvia Fowles, F Asjha Jones, F Angel McCoughtry, F Maya Moore, F/C/G Candace Parker, G/F Diana Taurasi, G Lindsay Whalen.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — The Yanks, both male and female, reclaimed their expected place atop the planet in Beijing and figure to remain there. The women, who are riding a 33-game winning streak at Olympus and return half of the Beijing gold medalists, may not play a close game en route to their fifth straight crown. There’ll be no such coronation for the men, who are coming off a cram-jammed NBA season that wiped out almost half of their player pool. Fresh legs will be vital for a smallish team that wants to play a transition game. The roster is loaded with champions, though — five from Beijing and another five from the 2010 world team.
US ROSTER: Men: Jake Dalton, Jonathan Horton, Sam Mikulak, Danell Leyva, John Orozco. Women: Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross, Jordyn Wieber. Rhythmic: Julie Zetlin. Trampoline: Men: Steven Gluckstein. Women: Savannah Vinsant.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Can it get better than the 10-medal motherlode that the Americans mined in Beijing? Unlikely, but seven are feasible. With Wieber, the reigning all-around titlist, leading the way the women should win the team gold ahead of the Russians for the first time at an overseas Games. While Aliya Mustafina may well regain her crown after coming back from knee surgery, Wieber should medal in the individual event and Raisman will be in the chase. With teenagers Leyva and Orozco up front, the young US males should make the podium for an unprecedented third straight time behind the Chinese and Japanese. The Russians own the rhythmic side and the Chinese trampoline, with US limited to solo entrants.
Parallel bars: Leyva, who’s the global champ on the apparatus, could win the first gold since Bart Conner in 1984.
High bar: Horton took the silver medal last time but both Leyva and Orozco were better at the trials. One of them should make the stand.
Floor exercise: No American has medaled since Braintree’s Peter Kormann in 1976 and last year’s top man (Steven Legendre) is an alternate. Dalton gives it a go.
Pommel horse: Their weakest event on the board, especially with top man Alex Naddour on the reserve bench. If Leyva or Orozco makes the eight-man final, it’ll be cause for champagne.
Still rings: Nobody since 1984 has made the podium but Horton has an outside chance to contend.
Vault: Another empty event since 1984. After Dalton, there’s a big gap.
Vault: No American ever has won event but Maroney is a leap and a bound beyond the rest of the world and Douglas also will be in the picture.
Balance beam: They won’t go 1-2 again as Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin did in Beijing but Wieber is a world medalist and should manage one. Raisman contends as well.
Floor exercise: Raisman figures to take the bronze, as she did last year. Douglas shows why she’s the “Flying Squirrel.”
Uneven bars: Usually a sure medal, but now the Yanks’ weak point. Douglas and Ross are the best performers.
US ENTRIES: Men: Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski, Jacob Wukie. Women: Miranda Leek, Khatuna Lorig, Jennifer Nichols.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — The Korean men still shoot straighter than everyone else and should nail both golds but the Americans could make this their Hunger Games. The men’s squad presently is ranked No. 1 despite missing last year’s global podium and Ellison could be the first Yank since Sydney to win a medal. The women’s world is broadening — a Chilean won the world individual crown and the Italians were the top team. Though their influence has dwindled, the US women qualified for the team event, which they didn’t last time.
US ENTRIES — Men: Howard Bach, Tony Gunawan. Women: Rena Wang
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — Asian athletes claimed all of the medals in Beijing and that pattern won’t change much in London. The Chinese may not win all five events as they did at the world championships but they’ll still dominate. Though the odds are steep for the Americans, they’ve been creeping closer to the podium. Best chance rides with Bach and new citizen Gunawan, who won the global doubles crown in 2005 and finally get to pair up at Olympus after Bach placed fifth with Bob Malaythong last time.
US ROSTERS: Men: Phil Dalhausser, Jake Gibb, Todd Rogers, Sean Rosenthal. Women: Jen Kessy, April Ross, Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Yanks went double gold in Beijing with Dalhausser-Rogers and May-Treanor-Walsh. Both teams could make the podium again, along with former world champs Kessy and Ross, but the Brazilians, unburdened by last names (e.g., Emanuel and Alison, Juliana and Larissa) now have taken over the planet.
US ENTRIES — Men: Dominic Breazale (super heavyweight), Marcus Browne (light heavyweight), Joseph Diaz Jr. (bantamweight), Terrell Gausha (middleweight), Jamel Herring (light welterweight), Michael Hunter (heavyweight), Jose Ramirez (lightweight), Errol Spence (welterweight), Rau’shee Warren (flyweight). Women: Marlen Esparza (flyweight), Claressa Shields (middleweight), Queen Underwood (lightweight).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — The days when the Yanks and Cubans divvied up the medals are long past. The Ukrainians won twice as many golds as did Fidel’s pugilists at last year’s men’s world championships where Uncle Sam managed a sole bronze, just as he did in Beijing. Best chance this time rides with Warren, the former global champ who’s making a record third Games appearance. If he wins gold, he’ll be only the second US fighter to do it since 1996. The host British could medal in all three events in the inaugural women’s tournament where Underwood, a former global medalist, could make the podium.
US ENTRIES — Men: Casey Eichfeld, Tim Hornsby, Eric Hurd, Jeff Larimer, Scott Parsons. Women: Carrie Johnson, Caroline Queen
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — The Germans, Slovaks, Hungarians, and their central European neighbors own both the flatwater and slalom courses, leaving everybody else up the creek. The Americans, who reached their high-water mark a couple of decades ago in Barcelona, didn’t earn a full quota of entries. Just making a couple of finals would be an achievement.
US ENTRIES — Track: Men: Bobby Lea, Jimmy Watkins. Women: Dotsie Bausch, Sarah Hammer, Jennie Reed, Lauren Tamayo. Road: Timothy Duggan, Tyler Farrar, Chris Horner, Taylor Phinney, Tejay van Garderen. Women: Kristin Armstrong, Amber Neben, Shelley Olds, Evelyn Stevens. Mountain: Men: Samuel Schultz, Todd Wells. Women: Lea Davison, Georgia Gould. BMX: Men: Connor Fields, David Herman, Nic Long. Women: Arielle Martin, Alise Post.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — Had the British been on bikes in 1775 they might have outraced Paul Revere. The hosts could win at least a half-dozen golds on the road and track, with their former Australian colonials burning rubber behind them. With Beijing medalist Levi Leipheimer and three teammates opting out this time the US men will be thin on the road but Armstrong, back from maternity leave, will be defending her time trial gold and Hammer should make the omnium podium and bring Bausch and Reed with her in team pursuit. After a trio of BMX medals last time, though, the take is likely to be zero with a squad of newbies.
US ROSTERS: Men: David Boudia, Chris Colwill, Troy Dumais, Kristian Ipsen, Nick McCrory. Women: Katherine Bell, Kelci Bryant, Abby Johnston, Cassidy Krug, Christina Loukas, Brittany Viola.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: After leaving Athens and Beijing emptyhanded the Americans should cash in with Boudia, who figures to win the first platform medal in two decades. Loukas is on the verge in springboard as are Dumais and Ipsen in the synchronized event. Otherwise it’s a Chinese sweep of all eight golds.
US ENTRIES: Men: Will Coleman, Phillip Dutton, Jan Ebeling, Rich Fellers, Boyd Martin, Steffen Peters, McLain Ward. Women: Tiana Coudray, Reed Kessler, Tina Konyot, Adrienne Lyle, Beezie Madden, Karen O’Connor.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Americans won a medal of each color in China and happily would settle for the same in England. The jumpers, who collected the team gold and individual bronze with Madden, will lead the way. Peters figures to make the dressage podium and O’Connor, competing in her seventh Games, already has a couple of team eventing medals in her case. The Germans, Dutch, and British will collect most of the precious metal, though.
US ENTRIES — Men: Miles Chamley-Watson, Daryl Homer, Race Imboden, Seth Kelsey, Alexander Massialas, Tim Morehouse, Soren Thompson, James Williams. Women: Courtney Hurley, Lee Kiefer, Maya Lawrence, Nzingha Prescod, Nicole Ross, Susie Scanlan, Dagmara Wozniak, Mariel Zagunis.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — Matching the six medals they collected in Beijing is a tall order, especially with team events in women’s sabre and men’s epee dropped. The Italians will be en garde in every weapon but the Yanks should be good for at least a couple from Zagunis, who’s going for a third straight gold in sabre, and from Kiefer in foil.
PRELIMINARY GROUPS — Men: Pool A: Australia, Great Britain, Spain, Pakistan, Argentina, South Africa. Pool B: Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, New Zealand, India, Belgium. Women: Pool A: Netherlands, Great Britain, China, South Korea, Japan, Belgium. Pool B: Argentina, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, US, South Africa
US SCHEDULES: Men: Did not qualify. Women: July 29, Germany; July 31 Argentina; Aug. 2 Australia; Aug. 4 New Zealand; Aug. 6 South Africa
US ROSTERS: Kayla Bashmore, Lauren Crandall, Rachael Dawson, Katelyn Falgowski, Melissa Gonzales, Michelle Kasold, Claire Laubach, Caroline Nichols, Katie O’Donnell, Keli Smith Puzo, Julie Reinprecht, Katie Reinprecht, Paige Selenski, Amy Swensen, Shannon Taylor, Michelle Vitesse.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — After getting back to the Games for the first time in a dozen years in 2008 the US women earned a return ticket by shocking world champion Argentina at the Pan American Games. A medal may be too much to ask against the likes of the defending champion Dutch, the host Britons, and the Argentines but after not qualifying for the World Cup, being back in the mix is an achievement for the Americans. “It’s pretty nice to know that you’re not just a nobody any more,” says forward Katie O’Donnell. The men’s medals figure to be spread among the Germans, who won in Beijing, the Australians, who are global titlists, and the Dutch.
US ENTRIES — Men: Nick Delpopolo, Travis Stevens, Kyle Vashkulat. Women: Kayla Harrison, Marti Malloy.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — The Japanese women have mastered the “gentle way” and they could medal in every event and win a fistful of golds. If she’s on, Kayla Harrison, the former world champ and current medalist who trains at Jim Pedro’s Wakefield dojo, could be the first American woman of either gender to top the podium at Olympus. The men’s competition will be more diverse, with everyone from the French to the Uzbeks to the Greeks challenging the Japanese.
US ENTRIES — Men: Dennis Bowsher. Women: Margaux Isaksen.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — Russia’s Andrei Moiseyev was golden in the military version of the five-event test four years ago and he’s still top man. Ukraine’s Victoria Tereshuk, bronzed in Beijing, should be gilded this time. No American has medaled against a full field since 1964 but Isaksen has a good chance to make the top 10.
SINGLE SCULLS: Men: Ken Jurkowski. Women: Gevvie Stone
DOUBLE SCULLS: Women: Margot Shumway, Sarah Trowbridge
LIGHTWEIGHT DOUBLE SCULLS: Women: Kristin Hedstrom, Julie Nichols
QUADRUPLE SCULLS: Men: Peter Graves, Elliot Hovey, Alex Osborne, Wes Piermarini. Women: Natalie Dell, Megan Kalmoe, Kara Kohler, Adrienne Martelli
PAIR: Men: Tom Peszek, Silas Stafford. Women: Sara Hendershot, Sarah Zelenka
FOUR: Men: Charlie Cole, Scott Gault, Glenn Ochal, Henrik Rummel
LIGHTWEIGHT FOUR: Men: Anthony Fahden, Nick LaCava, Will Newell, Robin Prendes
EIGHT: Men: David Banks, Jake Cornelius, Grant James, Ross James, Steve Kasprzyk, Giuseppe Lanzone, Will Miller, Brett Newlin, cox Zach Vlahos. Women:: Erin Cafaro, Caryn Davies, Susan Francia, Caroline Lind, Esther Lofgren, Elle Logan, Meghan Musnicki, Taylor Ritzel, Mary Whipple
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Coming off a breakthrough Beijing gold and five straight world titles the US women’s eight is the surest bet on the board and the quad also should medal. The men’s eight, which won gold and bronze at the last two Games, barely qualified this time, when the four will be the priority boat. The Brits have poured many millions of pounds into the sport and should medal in every sweep event. New Zealand will clean up in the small boats with sculler Mahe Drysdale leading an eight-medal parade, four of them gold.
US ENTRIES — Men: Graham Biehl, Rob Crane, Brian Fatih, Stu McNay, Mark Mendelblatt, Trevor Moore, Zach Railey, Eric Storck, Bob Willis. WOMEN: Debbie Capozzi, Amanda Clark, Farrah Hall, Sarah Lihan, Paige Railey, Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — Britannia may have ruled the waves off the Chinese coast last time but its Australian cousin won’t make it easy to defend home waters and the Americans should collect a few shiny keepsakes as well. The Railey siblings both could make the podium, as should Mendelblatt and Fatih in the Star class. And Tunnicliffe, golden in Laser Radial last time, should get another in Elliott 6-meter with Capozzi and Vandemoer.
US ENTRIES — Men: Glenn Eller, Matt Emmons, Jonathan Hall, Vince Hancock, Michael McPhail, Emil Milev, Nick Mowrer, Josh Richmond, Keith Sanderson, Daryl Szarenski, Frank Thompson, Jason Turner, Eric Uptagrafft. WOMEN: Jamie Gray, Corey Cogdell, Amanda Furrer, Kim Rhode, Sarah Scherer, Sandra Uptagrafft.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — The US sharpshooters rediscovered the bull’s-eye in Beijing with half a dozen medalists and all of them are back — gold medalists Eller (double trap) and Hancock (skeet) plus Emmons (prone rifle), Rhode (skeet), Cogdell (trap) , and Turner (air pistol). Only the dead-eye Chinese bring more ammunition.
PRELIMINARY GROUPS — Men: Pool A: Great Britain, Senegal, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay. Pool B: Mexico, Gabon, South Korea, Switzerland. Pool C: Brazil, Egypt, Belarus, New Zealand. Pool D: Spain, Japan, Honduras, Morocco. Women: Pool E: Great Britain, New Zealand, Cameroon, Brazil. Pool F: Japan, Canada, Sweden, South Africa. Pool G: US, France, Colombia, North Korea.
US SCHEDULE — July 25, France; July 28, Colombia; July 31 North Korea
US ROSTERS — Men: Did not qualify. Women: Nicole Barnhart, Shannon Boxx, Rachel Buehler, Lauren Cheney, Tobin Heath, Amy LePeilbet, Sydney Leroux, Carli Lloyd, Heather Mitts, Alex Morgan, Kelley O’Hara, Heather O’Reilly, Christie Rampone, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Becky Sauerbrunn, Hope Solo, Abby Wambach.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — Japan may rule the planet but the US women still own Olympus. Three times they’ve bounced back from losing the World Cup to win the gold medal the following summer and they well could do it again. Eleven of the 2008 champions return, most notably captain Rampone, goalkeeper Solo, Lloyd and O’Reilly as well as top guns Wambach, who missed Beijing with a broken leg, and Morgan. Besides the Japanese, who stung the Yanks in last year’s Cup final, the Brazilians and Germans will be the primary obstacles. Argentina, which won the last two men’s crowns, didn’t qualify this time. So Brazil, which has won every trophy except for this one, could well step up, with Spain and surprising Gabon also in the mix.
US ENTRIES — Mary Killman, Mariya Koroleva
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — It’s still Russia’s private bathtub as the Motherland goes for a fourth straight team title and fourth straight duet gold with Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina, with the Chinese and Spanish picking up what’s left. No chance for the Americans, who once owned the sport but didn’t qualify a team after finishing fifth in Beijing. Killman and Koroleva wave the flag by themselves.
US ENTRIES — Men: Tim Wang. Women: Ariel Hsing, Erica Wu, Lily Zhang.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — The Chinese literally could run the table again in London, claiming the men’s and women’s team titles and winning one of each color in the individual events. Until the US annexes Szechuan, there’s little hope for an American breakthrough. Just winning a couple of matches would be a big deal.
US ENTRIES — Men: Steven Lopez, Terrence Jennings. Women: Diana Lopez, Paige McPherson.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — The Koreans may have devised this martial art but the rest of the world has learned how to kick it, too. All manner of anthems — Iranian, Spanish, Turkish, British, French, Chinese — were heard at the world championships. Everything, that is, except the Star-Spangled Banner. The Yanks didn’t make the podium at all but that could change in London with two-time champion Steve Lopez, who took bronze in Beijing along with sister Diana. If they can return to their quadrennial form, you’ll see the Stars and Stripes aloft somewhere.
PRELIMINARY GROUPS — Men: Pool A: France, Sweden, Iceland, Great Britain, Argentina, Tunisia. Pool B: Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Denmark, South Korea. Women: Pool A: Montenegro, Russia, Croatia, Great Britain, Brazil, Angola. Pool B: Norway, Spain, Denmark, France, Sweden, South Korea.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — One of the enduring Olympic mysteries is why the US can’t qualify in a sport that involves running, jumping, and throwing a ball but the Yanks haven’t made it to an overseas Games since 1992. The French men, who won in Beijing, still are on top of the world as are the Norwegian women. That likely won’t change in London.
US ENTRIES: Men: Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Ryan Harrison, John Isner, Andy Roddick, Donald Young. Women: Liezel Huber, Christina McHale, Varvara Lepchenko, Lisa Raymond, Serena Williams, Venus Williams.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Americans picked up an armful of silverware at Wimbledon earlier this month as Serena Williams claimed the women’s singles title, she and Venus took the doubles and Mike Bryan and Raymond won the mixed. If they can duplicate that fortnight on the same greensward with gold medals on the line, it will make for a grand summer. The Williams sisters will be shooting for their third crown at the Games and the Bryan brothers their first after taking bronze last time. Serena will have her hands full with Russia’s Maria Sharapova while Wimbledon king Roger Federer will have to outplay Spanish defending champion Rafael Nadal, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and homeboy Andy Murray.
US ENTRIES — Men: Hunter Kemper, Manny Huerta. Women: Laura Bennett, Sarah Groff, Gwen Jorgensen.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — The British, who’ve never won a medal in the swim-bike-run grinder, could go double gold this time with Alistair Brownlee (pushed by kid brother Jonathan) and Helen Jenkins. Either Groff or Bennett, who just missed last time, could pick up a bronze. If Kemper can make the podium in his fourth bid, he’ll be the first US male to do it.
PRELIMINARY GROUPS: Men: Pool A: Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Argentina, Bulgaria, Australia. Pool B: Brazil, Russia, US, Serbia, Germany, Tunisia. Women: Pool A: Great Britain, Japan, Italy, Russia, Dominican Republic, Algeria. Pool B: US, Brazil, China, Serbia, Turkey, South Korea
US SCHEDULES: Men: July 29, Serbia; July 31, Germany; Aug. 2, Brazil; Aug. 4, Russia; Aug. 6 Tunisia. Women: July 28, South Korea; July 30 Brazil; Aug. 1 China; Aug. 3 Serbia; Aug. 5 Turkey.
US ROSTERS: Men: Matt Anderson, Russell Holmes, Rich Lambourne, Paul Lotman, David Lee, David McKienzie, Reid Priddy, Sean Rooney, David Smith, Clay Stanley, Donald Suxho, Brian Thornton. Women: Foluke Akinradewo, Lindsey Berg, Nicole Davis, Tayyiba Haneef-Park, Christa Harmotto, Megan Hodge, Destinee Hooker, Jordan Larson, Tamara Miyashiro, Danielle Scott-Arruda, Courtney Thompson, Logan Tom.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The men, who were gilded in Beijing, since have given way to the Brazilians and Russians but are on the ascent after making the recent Grand Prix final. The women, who had to settle for silver behind the Brazilians in 2008 and still are looking for their first gold, also are on the rise after stomping everyone in the Grand Prix and could spring a surprise.
US ENTRIES — Men: Kendrick Farris; Women: Holley Mangold, Sarah Robles
WHAT TO LOOK FOR — China, which won six of the 15 gold medals at the world championships, has taken over from Russia as the planetary Atlas with Iran and former Soviet republics like Ukraine and Kazakhstan joining the mix. The Americans, who haven’t medaled on the women’s side since 2000 or on the men’s since 1984, literally can fit their entire team into a taxi.
PRELIMINARY GROUPS: Men: POOL A: Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Spain, Australia, Croatia. POOL B: Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Great Britain, US, Serbia. Women: POOL A: Hungary, Spain, China, US. POOL B: Italy, Great Britain, Russia, Australia.
US SCHEDULES: Men: July 29, Montenegro; July 31, Romania; Aug. 2, Great Britain; Aug. 4, Serbia; Aug. 6, Hungary. Women: July 30, Hungary; Aug. 1, Spain; Aug. 3, China.
US ROSTERS: Men: Tony Azevedo, Ryan Bailey, Layne Beaubien, Shea Buckner, Peter Hudnut, Tim Hutten, Chay Lapin, John Mann, Merrill Moses, Jeff Powers, Jesse Smith, Peter Varellas, Adam Wright.
Women: Tumua Anae, Betsey Armstrong, Kami Craig, Annika Dries, Courtney Mathewson, Heather Petri, Kelly Rulon, Melissa Seidemann, Jessica Steffens, Maggie Steffens, Brenda Villa, Lauren Wenger, Elsie Windes.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: After both squads took silver in Beijing, there’s been significant slippage, with each sinking to sixth at last year’s world championships. The women, who won the World Cup in 2010, caught a break when the Dutch, who beat them last time, didn’t qualify and figure to be on the medal stand. The men, drawn with defending champion Hungary and Cup victor Serbia, have a decidedly tougher route.
US ENTRIES: Men: Freestyle: Jordan Burroughs (74 kg), Tervel Dlagnev (120 kg), Jared Frayer (66 kg), Sam Hazewinkel (55 kg), Jake Herbert (84 kg), Coleman Scott (60 kg), Jake Varner (96 kg). Greco-roman: Chas Betts (84 kg), Dremiel Byers (120 kg), Ellis Coleman (60 kg), Justin Lester (66 kg), Spenser Mango (55 kg), Ben Provisor (74 kg). Women: Ali Bernard (72 kg), Kelsey Campbell (55 kg), Clarissa Chun (48 kg), Elena Pirozhkova (63 kg).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The sole 2008 medal was a gold from Henry Cejudo, who didn’t make the team this time. The US males are no match for the Russians, Iranians and Turks and the women won’t beat the Japanese but at least three medals seem likely. Burroughs is the world titlist and Varner made last year’s podium as did Bernard, who got her Olympic spot when Stephany Lee, who beat her at trials, tested positive for marijuana. Pirozhkova, a former global medalist, also will contend.John Powers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.