Lisa Norden, Sweden. Age at the Olympics: 27
Part of the stellar crew that trains with coach Darren Smith in Australia and Switzerland, Norden is one of the world’s most accomplished and consistent triathletes. Although she was sidelined for most of 2011 with a freak calf injury, she finished the season by winning the Hy-Vee triathlon and destroying the field at various domestic non-drafting events. In 2010, Norden was the ITU sprint world champion, the bronze medalist at the European Championships, the gold medalist in Hamburg, and the silver medalist in Kitzbühel, Austria. She and Nicola Spirig of Switzerland are probably the best cyclists in the sport, which means that if she misses the first swim pack it’s likely she can bridge up, and her running speed makes her a dangerous podium contender.