Olympic Medal Favorites: The Men

  • By Courtney Baird
  • Published Apr 11, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC
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Javier Gomez, Spain. Age at the Olympics: 29

Although two-time world champion Javier Gomez has proven his ability to compete with—and beat—both Brownlees, he’s heading into the London Olympics a little off the radar. (It helps that the Brownlees will be competing in their home country.) This lack of attention can only prove advantageous for him—as the Olympics is a strange event where anything can happen, especially to athletes with loads of pressure on their backs. Gomez has another advantage over the Brownlees—he knows what it’s like to go into an Olympics as the favorite. In 2008, he was the odds-on favorite for gold, but an Achilles injury and stress fracture derailed his Olympic campaign. You can bet that this experience will help him as he attempts to capture the only prize that has eluded him in his stellar career: Olympic gold.

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Courtney Baird

Courtney Baird

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

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