By Tom Degun


October 25 - Mike English (pictured) the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) chief of sports performance already has his sights set on success at the London 2012 Olympics.

However, English will make no predictions as to how well he predicts the United States will do at the Games. 

English exclusively told insidethegames: "No predictions right now.


"We [the USOC] are just making sure that we are working closely with all the national governing bodies in accordance with training and preparation for London."

Although the Games are still over 1,000 days away, the USOC have already been to Britain to ensure that they get the best possible accommodation and facilities ahead of 2012.

English said: "We've have been on the ground in London ourselves as an organisation looking at venues and additional training sights.

"As we get closer to London 2012, we will obviously continue to build up more detail of the area."

Although English himself has not yet visited the Olympic Park construction site in Stratford, he is kept well informed on London’s preparations by his team.


He said: "I have not personally [been to the Olympic Park site] but I’ve had staff return from there just last week.


"They were having a look at the venues and places to train.


"They say construction seems to be going really well.


"London is a huge priority for us.


"It's the next summer Games so it’s obviously a marquee event.


"It's something that we send our largest amount of competitors to and it's got a great history and legacy within the US Olympic Movement."


The US finished second in the medals table in Beijing last year behind China.


They won a total of 110 medals, including 36 gold.

English said: "London is not going to be easy for USA.


"There is a big time difference and conditions are very different from over here.


"However, it’s the same language as us so it's going to be easier for us than China was [at the Beijing 2008 Olympics]because we don’t have that language barrier in the UK."



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