While the men’s ITU circuit is top-heavy with the Brownlee brothers and Javier Gomez dominating, the women’s circuit is the Wild Wild West in that any woman can win on any given day. Indeed, when Paula Findlay of Canada endured a hip injury after the 2011 World Triathlon Series event in Kitzbühel, Austria, four different women won the remaining four ITU World Triathlon Series events.
With London being a flat and fast runner’s course, and with tactics often playing a big part in all endurance sports at the Olympics, it’s likely that the 2012 medalists will be the fastest runners with the best kicks. But there are enough strong swim-bikers in the women’s field to make a break possible, opening the door for an out-of-the-blue podium finisher.
Here are just a few of the women who could be standing on the podium come August.