2. Alistair Brownlee
As London preps to host the XXX Olympiad next summer, all eyes are on hometown favorite Brownlee, who lives just hours from Hyde Park. The 23-year-old cleaned up on the ITU circuit, collecting wins in Madrid, Kitzbühel, London and Beijing—culminating in the overall ITU world title. And if this season is any indication of his success next summer, he’ll toe the line in London as the hands-down favorite to win gold.