Gwen Jorgensen (USA) – American To Watch
While Gwen Jorgensen had a phenomenal race at the 2011 World Championship Series in London, where she placed second with the fastest run split of the day, the race unfolded perfectly for her—she missed the first swim pack but lucked into a group of cyclists with Chile’s Barbara Riveros Diaz, who’ll kill herself to bridge up to the first pack. If Jorgensen has improved her swimming and cycling to where she doesn’t have to worry about depending on others, look for her to win a medal, as she is a fierce competitor who never gives up and isn’t afraid to win even though she’s only been a professional triathlete for two years.
Sarah Groff (USA) – American To Watch
Sarah Groff had a breakthrough season last year when she became the first American woman to get on the podium of a World Triathlon Series event. She followed that up by earning bronze in the overall series—another first for an American. She is capable of winning a medal, and if she does, her vivacious personality will make her a media darling.
Laura Bennett (USA) – American To Watch
The Beijing Games fourth-place finisher is Emma Snowsill-lite in that she, too, has an uncanny ability to perform when it matters most. She used this ability to qualify for her second Olympic team by getting on the podium at the World Triathlon Series race in San Diego in May—and it just may see her through to a medal come August.