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Olympic Medal Favorites: The Men

  • By Courtney Baird
  • Published Apr 11, 2012
  • Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM UTC
Photo: Rich Cruse/Triathlon.org


Matt Chrabot, United States. Age at the Olympics: 29

Like American Jarrod Shoemaker, Matt Chrabot hasn’t yet made the Olympic team. If he does, he could be this Olympics’ surprise medalist. Why? Because the Olympics is an event with lots of variables—loads of pressure, heightened security, media mobs—and few athletes deal with variables better than Chrabot. While he isn’t the fastest runner out there, his run is solid, and he’s willing to take risks on the bike to make up for his lack of this top-end run speed. And if there’s the added variable of cold rain in London—it poured freezing rain at the Olympic test event last August—Chrabot’s chances for a medal increase.

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Courtney Baird

Courtney Baird

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

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