You can't etch your name into Olympic history if you haven't earned the right to compete and 2011 is the year where qualification hots up, which makes it an electrifying year in which to be watching the action.
In sports where the British have recently excelled, like cycling, rowing, swimming and athletics, the field is so packed with potential that only the best performances in the world will stand out.
There is, however, a lot of Olympic sport heading our way. Where to begin, then? Where might the biggest drama come, and which are the events that matter most?