7. Jesse Williams
“I’m going to be really hard to beat,” says Williams, who’s been fixated on gold in London since failing to qualify for a medal in Beijing. He’s gone full paleo since then, cutting out processed foods and grains and getting all his carbs from fruits and vegetables. with a 226-pound snatch and 292-pound clean, the 175-pound Williams is among the most powerful athletes, pound-for-pound, on the American squad. “I’m a very strong competitor, mentally, too,” he says. “when I’m confident, I feel like I’m unbeatable."
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