Ai Ueda, Japan. Age at the Olympics: 28
Although she’s never been on the podium at a World Triathlon Series event, Ai Ueda is a multiple World Cup winner and consistently churns out some of the fastest run splits in the sport, making her a podium contender if the race in London unfolds in her favor (i.e. if it becomes a runner’s race). Her primary weakness is her swim, and if she can get that strong enough by August so she can make the first swim pack, her competitors shouldn’t count her out.