Key dates: Preliminary rounds begin July 30; Gold medal match Aug. 11 Venue: Riverbank Arena at Olympic Park Big story: Everything Australia has touched in the past year has turned to gold, as they are the reigning World Cup, Champions Trophy and Oceania Cup holders. An Olympic gold medal would make Australia the first-ever nation to boast the maximum number of points in the International Hockey Federation's world rankings. They'll be led by Jamie Dwyer, a five-time International world player of the year. Top U.S. prospects: Failed to qualify. Others to watch: Dwyer will command much attention, but several veterans could end up sharing the spotlight with him. Though past his prime, Pakistani star Sohail Abbas is still the top goal-scorer in the history of international hockey. British captain Barry Middleton has appeared in 96 matches for the host country, making him the sixth-most capped player in the team's history. Phil Burrows, the striker-turned-midfielder from New Zealand, is feared for his ability to score from unlikely spots, as well as deadly reverse strike. Little-known fact: The Argentine men's team infuriated Britons earlier this year after one of its players appeared in a Falklands War-inspired commercial.