Breakout Stars of the 2012 Olympics

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Breakout Stars of the 2012 Olympics

You might not know their names now, but these athletes will be all over your radar during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca

Age: 28 and 30 (respectively)
Event: Beach Volleyball (Women’s)
Home Country: Brazil

Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca have been lighting up the international competition in women’s beach volleyball for the past couple of years. The two aren’t new to the professional circuit, and they are actually one of the most successful duos in the young sport’s history. However, it is also still a sport that only tends to get a huge number of TV viewers during the Olympics where everyone got used to the idea of Americans Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh being the world’s best, as they took gold medals in both Athens and Beijing. But Franca and Felisberta are coming off a win at last year’s World Championships and they’re currently at the top of the women’s beach volleyball standings. The two definitely have what it takes to prove their ranking in the London.

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