Mary Beth Ellis (USA)
2011 Ironman Texas winner
Gold: Nicola Spirig—I have been training with Nicola and she is ready.
Silver: Helen Jenkins—Helen has had best last 18 months consistently winning or finishing on podium.
Bronze: Laura Bennett is my sentimental pick as she is an amazing athlete who has been consistently among the top female ITU athletes in the past eight years. She was fourth in Beijing and has unfinished business. And I would love to see U.S. get some more triathlon medals!
Gold & Silver: Brownlee brothers—It is hard to bet against a Brownlee sweep of first two places.
Bronze: Hunter Kemper. Bronze is up for grabs as there are many top men who could snatch it. So I went with another sentimental pick as Hunter Kemper is another amazing U.S. athlete who has had one injury or accident after another but somehow preserved through it all. I hope he gets a medal but regardless has had an amazing career that has included four Olympics.