Over 10,500 athletes from 200 countries will compete, including Team Ireland, with world-class contenders and national champions, the best that Ireland can produce.
Some are potential medallists, now or in 2012.
Others will make Olympic finals, break records or produce personal bests. But what has Ireland done to develop these special athletes? What ingredients make up an Olympic athlete ? are they born or are they made? And what is life really like for a world-class Irish athlete?