Men's artistic gymnastics

Key dates: July 28, team, all-around and individual event qualification; July 30, team final; Aug. 1, all-around final Venue: North Greenwich Arena Big story: Will the United States make a serious challenge for its second-ever team gold Olympic medal? The first came in 1984 in Los Angeles. Individually, all eyes will be on Japan's Koehei Uchimura, the consensus world's best all-around. The 23-year-old is at the peak of his skills, and he won gold at the last three all-around championships. He took silver to China's Yang Wei in 2008 and hasn't lost since. Top U.S. prospects: Either John Orozco or Danell Leyva could sneak in for an all-around medal, though it's unlikely they'll challenge Uchimura for gold. And Leyva or Jon Horton, who won silver in 2008 on the horizontal bar, could get individual medals on that equipment. Jake Dalton is a threat for a floor exercise medal, and Sam Mikulak (above) could get a parallel bars individual medal. Others to watch: The British team is making a big push to get both a team medal and some individual shiny stuff. Louis Smith is a two-time European champion silver medalist on the pommel horse. Phillipp Boy of Germany, who finished second in the last two worlds to Uchimura in the all-around, should medal if the injured wrist he has been dealing with is healed. Little-known fact: Rope climbing was a gymnastics discipline until 1932.
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