Ai Ueda, Japan. Age at the Olympics: 28
Although she’s never been on the podium at a World Triathlon Series event, Ai Ueda is a multiple World Cup winner and consistently churns out some of the fastest run splits in the sport, making her a podium contender if the race in London unfolds in her favor (i.e. if it becomes a runner’s race). Her primary weakness is her swim, and if she can get that strong enough by August so she can make the first swim pack, her competitors shouldn’t count her out.
FILED UNDER: Athletes / InsideTri / Olympics TAGS: Ai Ueda / Andrea Hewitt / Emma Jackson / Emma Moffatt / Emma Snowsill / Gwen Jorgensen / Helen Jenkins / InsideTri / Lisa Norden / Paula Findlay / Sarah Groff / Sarah Haskins