Free-skiing may be a brand-new Olympics sport, but it's been a mainstay in X Games competitions for years and so has a well-established crop of talent. "Right now, I'd say the United States, Canada, and France are the three dominant countries," Dumont says. So in addition to Dumont, look to fellow Americans David Wise and Torin Yater-Wallace to be in gold contention, along with Canadian Mike Riddle and France's Kevin Rolland

Dumont is quick to acknowledge, though, that come the opening ceremonies, anything can happen. It is the Olympics, after all. "There are definitely some dark horses who could get it done," he says.