Laurent Vidal, France. Age at the Olympics: 28
Laurent Vidal began 2012 with a bang by winning the Mooloolaba World Cup, which featured one of the deepest fields in the event’s history and one worthy of a World Triathlon Series race. Vidal has also shown extreme consistency over the last few years—he finished the 2011 season ranked seventh overall on the World Triathlon Series, and he was sixth in 2009. That he is one of the best runners in the sport also bodes well for him, given the likelihood that the race in London will come down to the run.