Jarrod Shoemaker, United States. Age at the Olympics: 30
Jarrod Shoemaker hasn’t yet made the Olympic team, but if he does, some believe he’s America’s best shot at a medal for the men. Shoemaker is the only American man who has demonstrated that he has the ability to run 29:30 off the bike (although even this split time may be too slow for a medal in London). Shoemaker is also the only American to have ever won a World Triathlon Series event, which he did in 2009 in Hamburg, Germany. Given his run speed and the likelihood that the flat course in London will come down to the run, Shoemaker could potentially steal a podium spot from one of the big three: Brownlee, Brownlee Junior and Gomez.