Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)
How she Qualified: Invite
Unlike other 140.6 racers who would be hopeless dropping down to the Olympic distance, Carfrae has experience at this distance and could contend for a podium spot. Carfrae finished second at the 2010 St. Anthony’s race, which shows she still has it. History has shown that iron-distance athletes can give up two or more minutes in the swim, which may be Carfrae’s downfall. She’s likely to be somewhere in the middle of the swim and should she ride herself to the front, she will be a major threat due to her fiery run. How Carfrae finishes will largely depend on where she’s at in her Kona preparations. Tired legs do not often lead to success in an Olympic-distance race.