Simon Whitfield, Canada. Age at the Olympics: 37
There are many people who think Whitfield is too old to contend for a medal in London. But few believed he could win a medal in Sydney in 2000, when he became triathlon’s first male gold medalist, and few were predicting Whitfield would medal in Beijing in 2008, when he won silver. Whitfield is a racer, he knows how to deliver on the big stage, and if Whitfield is at all near the leaders near the end of the race, don’t be surprised if he steals a podium spot. “I wouldn’t count [Simon] out at all for London,” said Joel Filliol during a 2011 interview for Inside Triathlon magazine. Filliol would know—he spent several years coaching Whitfield and was instrumental in his silver medal.
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