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Winter Triathlon World Champions to be crowned in Cheile Gradistei

Triathlon News - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 06:43
Triathlon meets the snow this weekend as cold-weather loving athletes from across the globe gather for the 2018 Cheile Gradistei ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships. For the first time since the World Championship event debuted in 2002, Winter Triathlon will be hosted in Romania with the course showcasing beautiful panoramic views of the Piatra Craiului and Bucegi mountains in the historic region of Transylvania. Winter Triathlon consists of a run, mountain bike and cross-country skiing format and the two-day event is expected to host hundreds of athletes for the elite, junior, u23, paratriathlon and age-group programs. There will also be a mixed relay event for both the elites and juniors. An estimated 178 athletes, with the home nation of Romania taking up 41 percent of the participants, will be lining up this weekend. The elites will begin the competitions on Saturday, January 27 kicking it off on the 7.5km run, 13.25km bike and 10km country ski course. In the elite women’s race, Russia’s Yulia Surikova returns as the 2016 World Champion, when she collected her first world title in her career in Zeltweg. However, wearing the number one will be the Austrian National Champion Romana Slavinec who will be contending to win her first Winter Tri crown. Helena Erbenova (CZE) enters as the 2017 European Champion and will be fighting to reclaim her world champ thrown after first winning the honour in 2012 and 2013. Click here for the full women’s start list On the men’s side, a 31-man roster is set to compete. Gunning for his sixth World Title, Pavel Andreev of Russia tops the list. As the most experienced and most decorated athlete to toe the line, he will be the one to beat on Saturday. However, possibly the man to do it is Russian compatriot Evgeny Kirillov, who almost stole the crown in Zeltweg in 2016 with a strong neck-for-neck battle right until the very end. If Kirillov can pull it off this weekend he will claim his first individual Winter Tri Championship, only after earned gold in the mixed relay events in 2012 and 2013. Click here for the full men’s start list

Winter Triathlon World Champions to be crowned in Cheile Gradistei

Triathlon News - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 06:43
Triathlon meets the snow this weekend as cold-weather loving athletes from across the globe gather for the 2018 Cheile Gradistei ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships. For the first time since the World Championship event debuted in 2002, Winter Triathlon will be hosted in Romania with the course showcasing beautiful panoramic views of the Piatra Craiului and Bucegi mountains in the historic region of Transylvania. Winter Triathlon consists of a run, mountain bike and cross-country skiing format and the two-day event is expected to host hundreds of athletes for the elite, junior, u23, paratriathlon and age-group programs. There will also be a mixed relay event for both the elites and juniors. An estimated 178 athletes, with the home nation of Romania taking up 41 percent of the participants, will be lining up this weekend. The elites will begin the competitions on Saturday, January 27 kicking it off on the 7.5km run, 13.25km bike and 10km country ski course. In the elite women’s race, Russia’s Yulia Surikova returns as the 2016 World Champion, when she collected her first world title in her career in Zeltweg. However, wearing the number one will be the Austrian National Champion Romana Slavinec who will be contending to win her first Winter Tri crown. Helena Erbenova (CZE) enters as the 2017 European Champion and will be fighting to reclaim her world champ thrown after first winning the honour in 2012 and 2013. Click here for the full women’s start list On the men’s side, a 31-man roster is set to compete. Gunning for his sixth World Title, Pavel Andreev of Russia tops the list. As the most experienced and most decorated athlete to toe the line, he will be the one to beat on Saturday. However, possibly the man to do it is Russian compatriot Evgeny Kirillov, who almost stole the crown in Zeltweg in 2016 with a strong neck-for-neck battle right until the very end. If Kirillov can pull it off this weekend he will claim his first individual Winter Tri Championship, only after he earned gold in the mixed relay events in 2012 and 2013. Another possible medal contender is Giuseppe Lamastra (ITA), who stepped onto his first elite World Champ podium in 2016 when he claimed bronze. Norway’s Oivind Bjerkseth is a top cyclist, who also could have a chance at a medal. Click here for the full men’s start list Races will be streamed live on http://www.triathlon.org/live

Winter Triathlon World Champions to be crowned in Cheile Gradistei

Triathlon News - Tue, 23/01/2018 - 06:43
Triathlon meets the snow this weekend as cold-weather loving athletes from across the globe gather for the 2018 Cheile Gradistei ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships. For the first time since the World Championship event debuted in 2002, Winter Triathlon will be hosted in Romania with the course showcasing beautiful panoramic views of the Piatra Craiului and Bucegi mountains in the historic region of Transylvania. Winter Triathlon consists of a run, mountain bike and cross-country skiing format and the two-day event is expected to host hundreds of athletes for the elite, junior, u23, paratriathlon and age-group programs. There will also be a mixed relay event for both the elites and juniors. An estimated 178 athletes, with the home nation of Romania taking up 41 percent of the participants, will be lining up this weekend. The elites will begin the competitions on Saturday, January 27 kicking it off on the 7.5km run, 13.25km bike and 10km country ski course. In the elite women’s race, Russia’s Yulia Surikova returns as the 2016 World Champion, when she collected her first world title in her career in Zeltweg. However, wearing the number one will be the Austrian National Champion Romana Slavinec who will be contending to win her first Winter Tri crown. Helena Erbenova (CZE) enters as the 2017 European Champion and will be fighting to reclaim her world champ thrown after first winning the honour in 2012 and 2013. Click here for the full women’s start list On the men’s side, a 31-man roster is set to compete. Gunning for his sixth World Title, Pavel Andreev of Russia tops the list. As the most experienced and most decorated athlete to toe the line, he will be the one to beat on Saturday. However, possibly the man to do it is Russian compatriot Evgeny Kirillov, who almost stole the crown in Zeltweg in 2016 with a strong neck-for-neck battle right until the very end. If Kirillov can pull it off this weekend he will claim his first individual Winter Tri Championship, only after earned gold in the mixed relay events in 2012 and 2013. Click here for the full men’s start list Races will be streamed live on http://www.triathlon.org/live

Best of 2017: Exciting Finishes

Triathlon News - Mon, 22/01/2018 - 17:45
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour the up and coming athletes, the ones to watch because their success is only just beginning: EXCITING FINISHES Men’s Closest Finish: Vincent Luis (FRA) and Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) in #WTSRotterdam: 2 Seconds The men’s Grand Final race in Rotterdam was one of the most exciting finishes of the season. A talented group of men ran side-by-side all trying to get to the finish line first. It was Luis who got the edge and sprinted towards the blue carpet to grab the tape first, but just two seconds behind him came Blummenfelt to barrel in and get on the overall WTS Series podium. Click here to watch the #WTSRotterdam men’s finish Women’s Closest Finish: Andrea Hewitt (NZL) and Jodie Stimpson (GBR) in #WTSAbuDhabi: 0 Seconds The 2017 WTS season could not have started in a more thrilling way as the women’s race saw Hewitt and Stimpson sprinting it out nose-for-nose down the blue carpet only to have Hewitt get her foot first and win by inches! Click here to watch the #WTSAbuDhabi sprint finish! Men’s Largest Finish: Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) in #WTSStockholm: 18 Seconds After some dramatic outcomes throughout the season, Jonny finally hit his stride in Stockholm and collected his first WTS gold of the year, doing so with a strong lead made on the run! Click here to watch Jonny’s first win of the 2017 season Women’s Largest Finish: Flora Duffy (BER) in #WTSYokohama: 111 Seconds In her first race back to the 2017 WTS season, Duffy not only won the gold medal, she crushed it! Winning by almost a two-minute margin over the silver medallist and earning the record of the largest winning margin in a women’s WTS race. Click here to watch Flora’s dominating win in...

Best of 2017: Rising Stars

Triathlon News - Thu, 18/01/2018 - 18:13
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour the up and coming athletes, the ones to watch because their success is only just beginning: RISING STAR Male Rising Star: Marten Van Riel (BEL) There was no better way to end the 2017 season than by getting on three consecutive podiums. Van Riel closed out his year on a career-high note as his in his final three races of the season, he medalled in every single one. Starting in the #SarasotaWC, the triathlon turned duathlon race, he finished second to step onto his first World Cup podium on his season. He then followed it up by claiming bronze in #TongyeongWC and if that wasn’t impressive enough, in the last World Cup race of the year in #MiyazakiWC, he grabbed the gold medal and earned his first-career World Cup win! The 2017 season wasn’t the first time that Van Riel has caught our eye however, he has showcased he is a very strong cyclist on the WTS front and even placed sixth in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. He trains in a group alongside elite superstars Mario Mola and Richard Murray, so he definitely is an athlete that is not by any means done making headlines. Watch the #MiyazakiWC highlights where he won his first gold medal here! Female Rising Star: Summer Cook (USA) Cook had a breakout year in 2016 when she won she first-ever WTS year in #WTSEdmonton. She also collected a handful of World Cup podiums. That success carried into her 2017 season. She finished just off the podium, finishing fourth in #WTSEdmonton, but then competed in the #YucatanWC and claimed gold. She then followed up her victory by earning bronze in #KarlovyVaryWC. After finishing in the top ten at the #WTSRotterdam Grand Final, Cook would end her season on top of two podiums. She dominated the...

Best of 2017: Rising Stars

Triathlon News - Thu, 18/01/2018 - 18:13
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour the up and coming athletes, the ones to watch because their success is only just beginning: RISING STAR Male Rising Star: Marten Van Riel (BEL) There was no better way to end the 2017 season than by getting on three consecutive podiums. Van Riel closed out his year on a career-high note as his in his final three races of the season, he medalled in every single one. Starting in the #SarasotaWC, the triathlon turned duathlon race, he finished second to step onto his first World Cup podium on his season. He then followed it up by claiming bronze in #TongyeongWC and if that wasn’t impressive enough, in the last World Cup race of the year in #MiyazakiWC, he grabbed the gold medal and earned his first-career World Cup win! The 2017 season wasn’t the first time that Van Riel has caught our eye however, he has showcased he is a very strong cyclist on the WTS front and even placed sixth in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. He trains in a group alongside elite superstars Mario Mola and Richard Murray, so he definitely is an athlete that is not by any means done making headlines. Watch the #MiyazakiWC highlights where he won his first gold medal here! Female Rising Star: Summer Cook (USA) Cook had a breakout year in 2016 when she won she first-ever WTS year in #WTSEdmonton. She also collected a handful of World Cup podiums. That success carried into her 2017 season. She finished just off the podium, finishing fourth in #WTSEdmonton, but then competed in the #YucatanWC and claimed gold. She then followed up her victory by earning bronze in #KarlovyVaryWC. After finishing in the top ten at the #WTSRotterdam Grand Final, Cook would end her season on top of two podiums. She dominated the...

Best of 2017: Top Paratriathlete

Triathlon News - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 16:54
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour the elite athletes that inspire the triathlon community over and over again: TOP PARATRIATHLETE! Male Top Paratriathlete: Jetze Plat (NED) Plat has been unstoppable since 2015. He was undefeated the entire 2016 season and collected the inaugural gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in the PTWC sport category. That fire did not slow down in 2017, he won in the Gold Coast World Paratriathlon Series, became the ETU European Champion and then ended his season by reclaiming his World Title in Rotterdam, in his home nation. The power does not stop there however, he also collected his fourth Ironman World Title in Kona at the Ironman World Championships, proving he is DOMINATE across all distances. Rightfully deserved, he was just nominated for the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability! There is no stopping this Dutchman! Click here for the full #WTSRotterdam Paratriathlon Highlights! Female Top Paratriathlete: Liisa Lilja (FIN) Lilja had a career-best season in 2017. Competing in the PTS2 sport class, she became the ETU European Champion, won at the Iseo - Franciacorta ITU Paratriathlon World Cup and the Edmonton ITU World Paratriathlon Series. But what was most impressive in our eyes was her victory at the Rotterdam World Championships, where she overtook the undefeated and reigning World Champion and Paralympic Gold Medallist Allysa Seely (USA) to become the 2017 PTS2 World Champion - the first-time in her career! The 2018 season should be an exciting one for this Finn, as she will have to battle it out to keep her streak alive!

Best of 2017: Top Paratriathlete

Triathlon News - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 16:54
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour the elite athletes that inspire the triathlon community over and over again: TOP PARATRIATHLETE! Male Top Paratriathlete: Jetze Plat (NED) Plat has been unstoppable since 2015. He was undefeated the entire 2016 season and collected the inaugural gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in the PTWC sport category. That fire did not slow down in 2017, he won in the Gold Coast World Paratriathlon Series, became the ETU European Champion and then ended his season by reclaiming his World Title in Rotterdam, in his home nation. The power does not stop there however, he also collected his fourth Ironman World Title in Kona at the Ironman World Championships, proving he is DOMINATE across all distances. Rightfully deserved, he was just nominated for the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability! There is no stopping this Dutchman! Click here for the full #WTSRotterdam Paratriathlon Highlights! Female Top Paratriathlete: Liisa Lilja (FIN) Lilja had a career-best season in 2017. Competing in the PTS2 sport class, she became the ETU European Champion, won at the Iseo - Franciacorta ITU Paratriathlon World Cup and the Edmonton ITU World Paratriathlon Series. But what was most impressive in our eyes was her victory at the Rotterdam World Championships, where she overtook the undefeated and reigning World Champion and Paralympic Gold Medallist Allysa Seely (USA) to become the 2017 PTS2 World Champion - the first-time in her career! The 2018 season should be an exciting one for this Finn, as she will have to battle it out to keep her streak alive!

ITU President presents candidature for ASOIF representative on the IOC Executive Board

Triathlon News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 18:45
ITU is pleased to announce that President and IOC member Marisol Casado has presented her candidacy to become the ASOIF representative on the IOC Executive Board, the elections for which will be held next month in PyeongChang. “From my earliest involvement as a founding member of the Spanish Triathlon Federation to ten years as ITU President and my longstanding membership of the IOC, I have dedicated myself to the advancement of sport around the globe”, said Casado. “I firmly believe that with the experience gained throughout my years in ASOIF, GAISF and the IOC, always serving as a President of an IF and considering the good relations that I’ve built during so many years of dedication to the sport, the IFs and the IOC, I can serve as a valuable and committed candidate to represent all the International Federations”. The other candidates are Nenad Lalovic, President of United World Wrestling, and Jean-Christophe Rolland, President of the World Rowing Federation. All ASOIF members will have until Friday, January 19 to cast their vote. The successful candidate will require an absolute majority to be elected the ASOIF representative, which will then be voted on in the IOC General Assembly, to be hosted in PyeongChang during the Winter Games in February. Casado, a founding member of the Spanish Triathlon Federation, has been serving as ITU President since 2008, and is the only female President of a summer Olympic International Federation. She was elected member of the IOC in 2010, and has since served on nine IOC Commissions including the Paris 2024 Coordination Commission and Buenos Aires 2018 Coordination Commission. Casado is also a member of the ASOIF Council (2011-2014, 2016-) and is the treasurer of SportAccord.

ITU President presents candidature for ASOIF representative on the IOC Executive Board

Triathlon News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 18:45
ITU is pleased to announce that President and IOC member Marisol Casado has presented her candidacy to become the ASOIF representative on the IOC Executive Board, the elections for which will be held next month in PyeongChang. “From my earliest involvement as a founding member of the Spanish Triathlon Federation to ten years as ITU President and my longstanding membership of the IOC, I have dedicated myself to the advancement of sport around the globe”, said Casado. “I firmly believe that with the experience gained throughout my years in ASOIF, GAISF and the IOC, always serving as a President of an IF and considering the good relations that I’ve built during so many years of dedication to the sport, the IFs and the IOC, I can serve as a valuable and committed candidate to represent all the International Federations”. The other candidates are Nenad Lalovic, President of United World Wrestling, and Jean-Christophe Rolland, President of the World Rowing Federation. All ASOIF members will have until Friday, January 19 to cast their vote. The successful candidate will require an absolute majority to be elected the ASOIF representative, which will then be voted on in the IOC General Assembly, to be hosted in PyeongChang during the Winter Games in February. Casado, a founding member of the Spanish Triathlon Federation, has been serving as ITU President since 2008, and is the only female President of a summer Olympic International Federation. She was elected member of the IOC in 2010, and has since served on nine IOC Commissions including the Paris 2024 Coordination Commission and Buenos Aires 2018 Coordination Commission. Casado is also a member of the ASOIF Council (2011-2014, 2016-) and is the treasurer of SportAccord.

Best of 2017: Breakout Star

Triathlon News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 15:21
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour two athletes that had a standout year and showcased some career milestones: Breakout Star! Male Breakout Star: Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) Blummenfelt mastered the art of the epic finish - the “didn’t see it coming” ending. And the results he stacked up during the 2017 season speak for themselves, bronze in #WTSYokohama, silver in #WTSMontreal, silver in #WTSStockholm and silver in #WTSRotterdam all adding up to get him on the overall Series podium by finishing third overall in the season. But it’s not just the fact that Blummenfelt collected four race medals in 2017, but it’s also how he did. While he excels in all three disciplines, his strength in his run is what aided in getting him on the podiums. Remember in #WTSYokohama? When he outsprinted Henri Schoeman for the final podium place? Or in the #WTSRotterdam Grand Final, when a group of top elites were running together and it was Blummenfelt who put forth the extra push and sprinted his way to silver. He has been the one to watch over the last couple of years and we expect that only to continue. What’s next for 2018? Maybe his first career WTS win! Check out his highlights from #WTSRotterdam here Female Breakout Star: Jessica Learmonth (GBR) It’s no question that Learmonth dominated the women’s field in the swim in 2017. She was the swim leader four out of the five races she competed in last year and also scored the fastest swim pace of the season in #WTSLeeds. But it’s not just her speed in the water that caused some notice to her strength last season. She also found herself in multiple small lead pack bike groups, including in #WTSStockholm and #WTSRotterdam. Then in the Grand Final being in that bike pack set herself up...

Best of 2017: Breakout Star

Triathlon News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 15:21
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour two athletes that had a standout year and showcased some career milestones: Breakout Star! Male Breakout Star: Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) Blummenfelt mastered the art of the epic finish - the “didn’t see it coming” ending. And the results he stacked up during the 2017 season speak for themselves, bronze in #WTSYokohama, silver in #WTSMontreal, silver in #WTSStockholm and silver in #WTSRotterdam all adding up to get him on the overall Series podium by finishing third overall in the season. But it’s not just the fact that Blummenfelt collected four race medals in 2017, but it’s also how he did. While he excels in all three disciplines, his strength in his run is what aided in getting him on the podiums. Remember in #WTSYokohama? When he outsprinted Henri Schoeman for the final podium place? Or in the #WTSRotterdam Grand Final, when a group of top elites were running together and it was Blummenfelt who put forth the extra push and sprinted his way to silver. He has been the one to watch over the last couple of years and we expect that only to continue. What’s next for 2018? Maybe his first career WTS win! Check out his highlights from #WTSRotterdam here Female Breakout Star: Jessica Learmonth (GBR) It’s no question that Learmonth dominated the women’s field in the swim in 2017. She was the swim leader four out of the five races she competed in last year and also scored the fastest swim pace of the season in #WTSLeeds. But it’s not just her speed in the water that caused some notice to her strength last season. She also found herself in multiple small lead pack bike groups, including in #WTSStockholm and #WTSRotterdam. Then in the Grand Final being in that bike pack set herself up...

Lauren Parker, from elite triathlete to elite paratriathlete in nine months

Triathlon News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 15:28
It was in early April of 2017 when Australian triathlete Lauren Parker felt at the peak of her career. After finishing second in the 2015 Ironman World Championships in Kona, the 28 years old triathlete was training for 35 hours a week with a goal on her mind: a podium at the Ironman Australia Triathlon in Port Macquarie. On an early morning ride a week before the race, she crashed into a guardrail while traveling about 45km/h, suffering broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken scapula, broken back and a broken pelvis. And worst of all, she has had no feeling from the waist down since the accident. Doctors gave her a one percent chance of walking again. Nine months after the accident, she has come back to a podium: Lauren finished second in the 2018 St. Kilda OUT Paratriathlon Oceania Championships held this weekend, proving that one only needs lots of strength and courage, and a few months, to adapt from being an elite triathlete to still compete in the sport she loves, now this being paratriathlon. Her goal is now set on the Commonwealth Games, and her second place in St. Kilda has placed her as one of the possible Aussies representing their country on this year’s Commonwealth Games, to be held in the Gold Coast in April. Lauren’s transition to adapted sport was one of the quickest ITU has on record, and was possible not only because of her unbreakable will and determination but also because she lives in Newcastle, where the multi-medallist in paramarathon Kurt Fearnley lives, along with his coach Andrew Dawes and his Paralympic medallist wife Christie. They have been the ones helping Lauren in her quick transition to wheelchair sports with their expertise and coaching. Lauren, a highly committed professional athlete who loves triathlon, said no when, just a few months after her accident, Kurt suggested she could do wheelchair marathons instead, but she was focused on going back to triathlon racing. Lauren is not the first elite triathlete that, after an accident or illness, have to adapt to paratriathlon racing. Frenchman Yannick Bourseaux needed a year for that transition, as he was combining paratriathlon with para Nordic skiing at the same time and after his accident, while Spaniard Eva Maria Moral needed a bit more than a year to get used to the handbike and the thrill of paratriathlon competition after the accident that left her, also, in a wheelchair.  With the help of many friends within the triathlon community, and the advice of...

Lauren Parker, from elite triathlete to elite paratriathlete in nine months

Triathlon News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 15:28
It was in early April of 2017 when Australian triathlete Lauren Parker felt at the peak of her career. After finishing second in the 2015 Ironman World Championships in Kona, the 28 years old triathlete was training for 35 hours a week with a goal on her mind: a podium at the Ironman Australia Triathlon in Port Macquarie. On an early morning ride a week before the race, she crashed into a guardrail while traveling about 45km/h, suffering broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken scapula, broken back and a broken pelvis. And worst of all, she has had no feeling from the waist down since the accident. Doctors gave her a one percent chance of walking again. Nine months after the accident, she has come back to a podium: Lauren finished second in the 2018 St. Kilda OUT Paratriathlon Oceania Championships held this weekend, proving that one only needs lots of strength and courage, and a few months, to adapt from being an elite triathlete to still compete in the sport she loves, now this being paratriathlon. Her goal is now set on the Commonwealth Games, and her second place in St. Kilda has placed her as one of the possible Aussies representing their country on this year’s Commonwealth Games, to be held in the Gold Coast in April. Lauren’s transition to adapted sport was one of the quickest ITU has on record, and was possible not only because of her unbreakable will and determination but also because she lives in Newcastle, where the multi-medallist in paramarathon Kurt Fearnley lives, along with his coach Andrew Dawes and his Paralympic medallist wife Christie. They have been the ones helping Lauren in her quick transition to wheelchair sports with their expertise and coaching. Lauren, a highly committed professional athlete who loves triathlon, said no when, just a few months after her accident, Kurt suggested she could do wheelchair marathons instead, but she was focused on going back to triathlon racing. Lauren is not the first elite triathlete that, after an accident or illness, have to adapt to paratriathlon racing. Frenchman Yannick Bourseaux needed a year for that transition, as he was combining paratriathlon with para Nordic skiing at the same time and after his accident, while Spaniard Eva Maria Moral needed a bit more than a year to get used to the handbike and the thrill of paratriathlon competition after the accident that left her, also, in a wheelchair.  With the help of many friends within the triathlon community, and the advice of...

Lauren Parker, from elite triathlete to elite paratriathlete in nine months

Triathlon News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 15:28
It was in early April of 2017 when Australian triathlete Lauren Parker felt at the peak of her career. After finishing second in the 2015 Ironman World Championships in Kona, the 28 years old triathlete was training for 35 hours a week with a goal on her mind: a podium at the Ironman Australia Triathlon in Port Macquarie. On an early morning ride a week before the race, she crashed into a guardrail while traveling about 45km/h, suffering broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken scapula, broken back and a broken pelvis. And worst of all, she has had no feeling from the waist down since the accident. Doctors gave her a one percent chance of walking again. Nine months after the accident, she has come back to a podium: Lauren finished second in the 2018 St. Kilda OUT Paratriathlon Oceania Championships held this weekend, proving that one only needs lots of strength and courage, and a few months, to adapt from being an elite triathlete to still compete in the sport she loves, now this being paratriathlon. Her goal is now set on the Commonwealth Games, and her second place in St. Kilda has placed her as one of the possible Aussies representing their country on this year’s Commonwealth Games, to be held in the Gold Coast in April. Lauren’s transition to adapted sport was one of the quickest ITU has on record, and was possible not only because of her unbreakable will and determination but also because she lives in Newcastle, where the multi-medallist in paramarathon Kurt Fearnley lives, along with his coach Andrew Dawes and his Paralympic medallist wife Christie. They have been the ones helping Lauren in her quick transition to wheelchair sports with their expertise and coaching. Lauren, a highly committed professional athlete who loves triathlon, said no when, just a few months after her accident, Kurt suggested she could do wheelchair marathons instead, but she was focused on going back to triathlon racing. Lauren is not the first elite triathlete that, after an accident or illness, have to adapt to paratriathlon racing. Frenchman Yannick Bourseaux needed a year for that transition, as he was combining paratriathlon with para Nordic skiing at the same time and after his accident, while Spaniard Eva Maria Moral needed a bit more than a year to get used to the handbike and the thrill of paratriathlon competition after the accident that left her, also, in a wheelchair.  With the help of many friends within the triathlon community, and the advice of...

Best of 2017: Multisport Superstar

Triathlon News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 13:52
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour our next category: Multisport Superstar! Male Multisport Superstar: Lionel Sanders (CAN) - Long Distance The inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships all came to a close in Penticton with the Triathlon Long Distance race, with athletes completing a 3km swim, 120km bike and 30km run. All the hype was on this race and it did not disappoint! The men’s race saw Aussie Josh Amberger take control right from the start line and through T2. It was once the run started that things got interesting. Sanders made his move and brushed by into first place! He then never faltered, finishing just above the five hours and 20 minutes with the advantage of about two minutes. What made it even sweeter was him winning the title on home soil, with Canadian fans going wild! Sanders then went on to compete in Kona at the Ironman World Championships where he finished second, completing the course in 8:04:07. Click here to watch the #Penticton2017 Long Distance highlights Female Multisport Superstar: Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) - Duathlon Duathlon opened up the Multisport World Championships in Penticton, where the run-bike-run athletes crowned the first Multisport World Champions. On the elite women’s side, that honour went to Aussie Sheedy-Ryan. She battled it out on the course, remaining in the front through the first run and bike legs. Not until the final run pace did she sprint ahead and take the lead to cross the finish line and earn the title. Her crown was not the first, she reclaimed her thrown after first earning the title in 2012! Click here to watch the #Penticton2017 Duathlon highlights

Best of 2017: Multisport Superstar

Triathlon News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 13:52
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour our next category: Multisport Superstar! Male Multisport Superstar: Lionel Sanders (CAN) - Long Distance The inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships all came to a close in Penticton with the Triathlon Long Distance race, with athletes completing a 3km swim, 120km bike and 30km run. All the hype was on this race and it did not disappoint! The men’s race saw Aussie Josh Amberger take control right from the start line and through T2. It was once the run started that things got interesting. Sanders made his move and brushed by into first place! He then never faltered, finishing just above the five hours and 20 minutes with the advantage of about two minutes. What made it even sweeter was him winning the title on home soil, with Canadian fans going wild! Sanders then went on to compete in Kona at the Ironman World Championships where he finished second, completing the course in 8:04:07. Click here to watch the #Penticton2017 Long Distance highlights Female Multisport Superstar: Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) - Duathlon Duathlon opened up the Multisport World Championships in Penticton, where the run-bike-run athletes crowned the first Multisport World Champions. On the elite women’s side, that honour went to Aussie Sheedy-Ryan. She battled it out on the course, remaining in the front through the first run and bike legs. Not until the final run pace did she sprint ahead and take the lead to cross the finish line and earn the title. Her crown was not the first, she reclaimed her thrown after first earning the title in 2012! Click here to watch the #Penticton2017 Duathlon highlights

Best of 2017: Best Runner

Triathlon News - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 03:38
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour our third category: Best Runner! Best Male Runner: Mario Mola (ESP) in #WTSHamburg In #WTSHamburg, Mola took off like a rocket after riding in the large bike pack that brought a sea of men together in T2. He then bypassed names such as Richard Murray, Vincent Luis, Javier Gomez Noya and Jacob Birtwhistle to win the race with a 12-second margin - And that is in a sprint race! Not bad for earning his third WTS gold at that time. Did we also mention that it was in that race that Mola clocked the fastest race pace of the season? He hit 21.23 km/h! Relive #WTSHamburg here! Best Female Runner: Flora Duffy (BER) in #WTSRotterdam We’ve talked over and over about Duffy’s perfect race in the Rotterdam Grand Final, the one where she dominated and collected her second world title. But one aspect of that race that helped launch her to the top of the podium was her run! Yes she was the second person to exit the waters, yes she forced a bike breakaway with only two other women, but it was her run that CATAPULTED her to the finish line. Exiting T2, Duffy still had company, but once her feet hit that pavement she was like the female version of the flash! Finishing with a 55-second advantage over the silver medallist - what?! It’s so impressive giving the stakes of the race, Duffy really showed how strong she really is across the board that day. Re-watch the Rotterdam Grand Final race here Best Male Runner - Honourable Mention: Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) in Hamburg #TriMixedRelay How could we not mention and give credit to the amazing performance by Birtwhistle in the Hamburg Mixed Relay World Championships, where his final leg helped win Team Australia its first-ever #TriMixedRelay World...

Best of 2017: Best Runner

Triathlon News - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 03:38
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour our third category: Best Runner! Best Male Runner: Mario Mola (ESP) in #WTSHamburg In #WTSHamburg, Mola took off like a rocket after riding in the large bike pack that brought a sea of men together in T2. He then bypassed names such as Richard Murray, Vincent Luis, Javier Gomez Noya and Jacob Birtwhistle to win the race with a 12-second margin - And that is in a sprint race! Not bad for earning his third WTS gold at that time. Did we also mention that it was in that race that Mola clocked the fastest race pace of the season? He hit 21.23 km/h! Relive #WTSHamburg here! Best Female Runner: Flora Duffy (BER) in #WTSRotterdam We’ve talked over and over about Duffy’s perfect race in the Rotterdam Grand Final, the one where she dominated and collected her second world title. But one aspect of that race that helped launch her to the top of the podium was her run! Yes she was the second person to exit the waters, yes she forced a bike breakaway with only two other women, but it was her run that CATAPULTED her to the finish line. Exiting T2, Duffy still had company, but once her feet hit that pavement she was like the female version of the flash! Finishing with a 55-second advantage over the silver medallist - what?! It’s so impressive giving the stakes of the race, Duffy really showed how strong she really is across the board that day. Re-watch the Rotterdam Grand Final race here Best Male Runner - Honourable Mention: Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) in Hamburg #TriMixedRelay How could we not mention and give credit to the amazing performance by Birtwhistle in the Hamburg Mixed Relay World Championships, where his final leg helped win Team Australia its first-ever #TriMixedRelay World...

Best of 2017: Best Runner

Triathlon News - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 03:38
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour our third category: Best Runner! Best Male Runnerr: Mario Mola (ESP) in #WTSHamburg In #WTSHamburg, Mola took off like a rocket after riding in the large bike pack that brought a sea of men together in T2. He then bypassed names such as Richard Murray, Vincent Luis, Javier Gomez Noya and Jacob Birtwhistle to win the race with a 12-second margin - And that is in a sprint race! Not bad for earning his third WTS gold at that time. Did we also mention that it was in that race that Mola clocked the fastest race pace of the season? He hit 21.23 km/h! Relive #WTSHamburg here! Best Female Biker: Flora Duffy (BER) in #WTSRotterdam We’ve talked over and over about Duffy’s perfect race in the Rotterdam Grand Final, the one where she dominated and collected her second world title. But one aspect of that race that helped launch her to the top of the podium was her run! Yes she was the second person to exit the waters, yes she forced a bike breakaway with only two other women, but it was her run that CATAPULTED her to the finish line. Exiting T2, Duffy still had company, but once her feet hit that pavement she was like the female version of the flash! Finishing with a 55-second advantage over the silver medallist - what?! It’s so impressive giving the stakes of the race, Duffy really showed how strong she really is across the board that day. Re-watch the Rotterdam Grand Final race here Best Male Runner - Honourable Mention: Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) in Hamburg #TriMixedRelay How could we not mention and give credit to the amazing performance by Birtwhistle in the Hamburg Mixed Relay World Championships, where his final leg helped win Team Australia its first-ever #TriMixedRelay World...

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