Laura Bennett, United States. Age at the Olympics: 37
We’ll find out in May whether Laura Bennett makes the Olympic team. If she does, there’s a good chance you’ll see her on the podium in London. What makes Bennett dangerous is she’s a phenomenal swim-biker who can also run, which means that if there’s a break she’ll be able to hang, but if the race is tactical she has ability to sprint with the best of them. Bennett is also a fantastic big day racer—she’s been on the podium at four world championships, won the inaugural Hy-Vee triathlon, and was fourth at the Beijing Olympics despite heading in with an injury. It’s this sort of mettle that sees athletes through to podium spots at the Olympics.