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Will the old guard give us one more show?

If you had to pick the signature Olympic athletes of the past 10 years, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt would top most lists.

Phelps has won more gold medals (18) and more total medals (22) than any other Olympian in history and is generally considered the greatest swimmer of all time.

Bolt has six gold medals of his own, but more importantly, he's the fastest human we've ever seen on land.

Both are expected to wrap up their Olympic careers in Rio.

Phelps, trying to write a happy ending after a tumultuous four years, is expected to contend for gold in at least four events. But he'll likely need to swim faster than he did at the U.S. Olympic trials to pull it off. At 31, he no longer recovers from races as quickly as he did in his record-smashing youth.

Bolt, 29, will try to win the 100- and 200-meter sprints for a third straight Olympics, but he's coping with a hamstring injury and will face serious competition from American Justin Gatlin and others.

Whether they live up to their old standards or not, Phelps and Bolt will loom large one last time.

Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun
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