Athletes feel the pressure ahead of home Olympics

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Associated Press

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 10:42 AM

LONDON (AP) — As construction crews wrap up their work in London's Olympic Park, the pressure to deliver in those new venues is shifting to Britain's athletes leading up to the 2012 Games.

The British team hopes to match its fourth-place finish in the medals table at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where it exceeded expectations with 47 medals.

As track cyclist Chris Hoy put it after Beijing: The "plucky British losers" are no more.

With a year to go, the expectations are high for the first Olympics on home soil since 1948.

Hoy, who won three gold medals in China, will be among those feeling the weight of expectation on home turf in 2012.

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