Key dates: Aug. 11, cross country medal event Venue: Hadleigh Farm Big story: Julie Bresset is favored to become the first Frenchwoman to win gold since the event joined the Olympics in 1996. Top U.S. prospects: Georgia Gould (above), 32, of Baltimore, finished eighth in Beijing and earned an automatic Olympic berth this year because she ranked in the top 10 of the world cup rankings. Lea Davison, 29, of Jericho, Vt., is the other U.S. qualifier. Others to watch: Canada has two medal hopes with two-time world champion Catharine Pendrel and rising star Emily Batty. Little-known fact: Since the sport joined the Olympics in 1996 ,only one American woman (Susan DeMattei, bronze) has medaled at the Olympics.
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