2012 London Olympic Medal Contenders: The Women

  • By Courtney Baird
  • Published Aug 1, 2011
  • Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM UTC

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Photo: Delly Carr

One of the coolest things about the Olympics is that anything can happen on a day that only comes around once every four years. To get on the podium, you have to be able to cope with the fact that the last four years—and for some athletes, virtually their entire lives—have boiled down to the next two hours. That’s a lot of pressure, which is why it’s possible that no athlete on this list will win a medal, and instead athletes such as Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands, a bevy of Australians including Felicity Abram, Emma Jackson and Erin Densham, Kirsten Sweetland of Canada, Ainhoa Murua of Spain or some unknown woman could find herself with gold, silver or bronze in 2012.

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Courtney Baird

Courtney Baird

Courtney Baird is the editor-in-chief of Inside Triathlon magazine.

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