Allison Schmitt: Predictions for US Olympian's Medal Quest in London

Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIJuly 31, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  Allison Schmitt of the United States competed in heat 5 of the Women's 200m Freestyle on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Allison Schmitt has already had a very nice run so far at the 2012 Olympic Games, and she'll look to further her success as the events continue. Schmitt has already captured a bronze in the 4x100 Freestyle Relay, and a silver in the 400-meter Freestyle, narrowly losing out on a gold medal to France's Camille Muffatt.

With the 200-meter Freestyle finals rapidly approaching, Schmitt will look to complete her trophy case, and balance it out by winning a gold medal.

But will she be able to do it?

Here's my prediction. 

Schmitt Will Win Gold In the 200-meter Freestyle

The 200-meter Freestyle is arguably Schmitt's best event. In the qualifiers, she finished with the second fastest time overall, by only .07 seconds. While the qualifiers certainly aren't definitive when it comes to picking who's going to ultimately win the medal race, it's encouraging to see that she's (almost) at the top of the pack.

Schmitt's also the current American record holder in the 200-meter Freestyle, covering that distance in a blistering 1:54.40. Schmitt's certainly got the talent to win the race, but the question is if she'll put it all together and end her Games on a high note. 

That question will ultimately be answered shortly, as the 200-meter Freestyle is scheduled to take place later today. 

Having said all that, this will be Schmitt's last race of the 2012 Olympics, and she's going to want to make it count. Expect a big-time effort from the American. She knows it's her last chance of the Games and won't want to spend the next four years sitting at home thinking about what more she could have done. 

You can bet she'll give the biggest effort that she possibly can, and at the end of the day, she will be the one standing atop the podium in this event with the Star Spangled Banner playing in the background.


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