In their quest to return to the Olympic podium, the Americans will feature a cast of veteran triathletes. Top-ranked components include:
Sarah Groff (Pictured)
Cooperstown native Sarah Groff will be the United States' best shot at a triathlon medal in London, having already captured third place in the 2011 ITU World Championship Series. Groff was the 2011 ITU Athlete of the Year and is considered No. 1 by USA Triathlon.
In 2011, Groff was rated the third-best female triathlete in the world, though she placed 15th at the May 11, 2012 ITU World Triathlon in San Diego.
A seven-time USA Triathlon Elite National Champion and former Pan Am Games gold medalist, 36-year-old Hunter Kemper joins Canadian Simon Whitfield as one of only two men to have qualified for all four Olympic triathlons. Kemper represented Team USA in 2000, '04, '08 and once more in London this year. Kemper placed seventh in 2008 Beijing.
In 2011, Kemper was rated the 45th best triathlete in the world, though in three events in 2012, Kemper has already leapfrogged to the No. 27 spot.
Other USA Triathlon Athletes
Laura Bennett and Gwen Jorgensen will accompany Groff on the women's side. Bennett finished eigth to Groff's third in 2011, and recently earned a 2011 season-best fifth-place finish at the 2011 WCS Grand Final in Beijing. Jorgensen ranked 11th last year and finished fourth at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Puerto Vallarta.
Meanwhile, Manuel Huerta will join Kemper in London. Born in Havana, Cuba, Huerta placed second at this year's Dallas ITU Pan Am Cup, ranking 35th overall in the World Triathlon Series.