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London Olympics 2012: Competition Starts July 27

The 2012 Summer Olympics get underway from London on July 27.

Jun 29, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Kerron Clement runs 49.04 in a 400m hurdles semifinal to advance during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Jun 29, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Kerron Clement runs 49.04 in a 400m hurdles semifinal to advance during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The 2012 Summer Olympics get underway next week, with action starting on Friday, July 27. On Saturday, the Olympic committee will start handing out gold medals in a variety of events, and a total of 12 will be awarded that day in events ranging from archery to swimming to weightlifting.

A pair of University of Florida athletes will beging competing in the track and field events, which start on Aug. 3. Kerron Clement will compete in the 400-meter hurdles, and Tony McQuay will compete in the 400-meter. Jenny Simpson of Oviedo, Fl., will be competing in the 1500-meter.

Florida's most famous face in the games this year is tennis star Andy Roddick. The tennis competition starts Saturday, July 28 and runs through Aug. 4.

For a complete schedule of events and dates medals will be awarded, visit NBC Sports' official Olympic website. For complete coverage from the 2012 London Olympics, keep checking this StoryStream and visit SB Nation's Olympics hub.

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