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Olympic Medal Favorites: The Women

  • By Courtney Baird
  • Published Apr 10, 2012
  • Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM UTC
Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org


Laura Bennett, United States. Age at the Olympics: 37

We’ll find out in May whether Laura Bennett makes the Olympic team. If she does, there’s a good chance you’ll see her on the podium in London. What makes Bennett dangerous is she’s a phenomenal swim-biker who can also run, which means that if there’s a break she’ll be able to hang, but if the race is tactical she has ability to sprint with the best of them. Bennett is also a fantastic big day racer—she’s been on the podium at four world championships, won the inaugural Hy-Vee triathlon, and was fourth at the Beijing Olympics despite heading in with an injury. It’s this sort of mettle that sees athletes through to podium spots at the Olympics.

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Courtney Baird

Courtney Baird

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

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