3. Ben Smith
The returning champion is very much in form this year, as he’s followed up his balanced, disciplined win at the 2015 Games with a first-place performance at the Atlantic Regional (third overall). Smith only has one gold medal to his name, but he’s performed extremely well over the past five years at the games, and his levelheaded approach to the annual meat-grinder in Carson makes him a solid, if unflashy, bet to win it again.
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