Men's mountain bike

<b>Key Dates: </b>Aug. 12, cross country medal event<br>
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<b>Venue: </b>Hadleigh Farm, Essex<br>
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<b>Big story: </b>Can anyone beat France's 31-year-old Julien Absalon, the two-time defending gold medalist? Absalon has also won four straight world championships and is the most decorated rider of all time.<br>
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<b>Top U.S. prospects: </b>Sam Schultz, a 26-year-old from Montana, recently had his first-ever top-10 finish at a world cup event, but a medal is unlikely. The other American is 36-year-old Todd Wells (above) of Kingston, N.Y.<br>
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<b>Others to watch: </b>Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic and Nino Schurter of Switzerland have beaten Absalon in world cup events since the last Olympics and would seem to have the best chance of keeping Absalon from a three-peat.<br>
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<b>Little-known fact: </b>Unlike other cycling events, mountain bikers aren't allowed help to fix a damaged bike

Key Dates: Aug. 12, cross country medal event

Venue: Hadleigh Farm, Essex

Big story: Can anyone beat France's 31-year-old Julien Absalon, the two-time defending gold medalist? Absalon has also won four straight world championships and is the most decorated rider of all time.

Top U.S. prospects: Sam Schultz, a 26-year-old from Montana, recently had his first-ever top-10 finish at a world cup event, but a medal is unlikely. The other American is 36-year-old Todd Wells (above) of Kingston, N.Y.

Others to watch: Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic and Nino Schurter of Switzerland have beaten Absalon in world cup events since the last Olympics and would seem to have the best chance of keeping Absalon from a three-peat.

Little-known fact: Unlike other cycling events, mountain bikers aren't allowed help to fix a damaged bike

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