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Cape Town ready to raise the curtain on brand-new ITU World Cup season

Triathlon News - Tue, 06/02/2018 - 12:38
For the second time, the beautiful city of Cape Town will have the honour of hosting the first race of a new ITU World Cup season this weekend, with all of the athletes looking to make the strongest possible start to this year’s 17-stop worldwide tour. The city made its debut on the World Cup circuit last year in grand style, the iconic Table Mountain lending a dramatic backdrop to some superb sprint racing that saw the crowds cheer on their local heroes to remarkable success. On Sunday afternoon, the athletes will come together for 2018’s eagerly awaited sprint opener. Men’s preview Indeed, it was a memorable one-two-three for the South African men on the waterfront here twelve months ago, and Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman will be looking to conjure up a repeat performance this time around. The win was one of six podium finishes last year for Murray, who managed to finish the season ranked 4th in the overall ranking, and he will once again spearhead another strong-looking South African team. Finishing the race in fifth and sixth respectively in 2017, Austrian duo Lukas Pertl and Lukas Hollaus will be hoping that they can again work effectively together and reap the rewards on the fast and furious sprint course, but Manoel Messias, the man who scored Brazil’s first-ever Junior World title back in 2015, will also be backing himself to make a significant impact on the leaderboard. After closing out 2017 strongly, Spain’s Roberto Sanchez and Germany’s Jonas Schomburg will both be eyeing their first World Cup podium finish, and Portugal’s Joao Pereira and Luxembourg’s Stefan Zachaus are likely to be among the ones to watch in what is another fiercely competitive field. Click here for the full men’s starting list Women’s preview With Japan’s Ai Ueda and Netherlands’ Rachel Klamer the only top-five finishers from last season to make this weekend’s starting line-up, the opportunity is there for the likes of GB’s Non Stanford and Vicky Holland or the USA’s talented Chelsea Burns to get 2018 off to a winning start. Ueda’s experience could once again prove invaluable over the bike and run sections, and if she can work up a strong partnership with compatriot Juri Ide, the Japanese team has the potential to make a major impact on the podium. Julia Hauser, ninth here last year, will be one of five Austrians on the starting line, with teammates Lisa Perterer and Sara Vilic always a potent duo if they can emerge from the water...

What to Look Forward to in the 2018 World Cup Season

Triathlon News - Mon, 05/02/2018 - 18:19
This Sunday, the 2018 ITU World Cup season officially kicks off its 17-stop global tour with the first race of the year in Cape Town, South Africa. Setting the stage for World Triathlon’s longest World Cup season to date means that 2018 is also set up to be one of the most action-packed years of the sport. So in order to prepare for all the thrills and epic racing that is about to come, here are a few of the things to look forward to this 2018 World Cup season. New Cities, New Champions This year, two new cities join the World Cup calendar as first-time hosts. Astana, Kazakhstan will host a race on May 19 and Antwerpen, Belgium debuts on June 16-17. Not only are the cities themselves joining the World Cup family for the very first time, but the countries of Kazakhstan and Belgium are also debuting as first-time hosts, meaning that not only our series but also our sport is continuing to grow around the world. With two new events that signify that two women and two men will also have the chance of becoming the first-time event Champions, so history will be made in more ways than one this year. New Opportunities for Gold Last year for the 2017 season, 26 unique men and women stood on top of the World Cup podium, with 13 athletes earning the gold medal for the very first time. As always, the world cup series remains as one of the best resources to showcase upcoming and existing talent in triathlon, often revealing the ones to watch and future breakout stars of the sport. So with more races and more chances to win, we expect new names and new talent to make the headlines. Coming Back for Round Two In 2017, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic and Sarasota, United States debuted on the world cup calendar. For this year, both events are returning to the tour to showcase a race for the second time. With the excitement of their addition last year, we are equally thrilled to be going back to see more success from these two events. Super Sprint Returns! Once again in 2018 elites will have a chance at racing the semi-final/final super sprint race format. On May 5-6 Chengdu, China will hold the first event and then two months later, Tiszaujvaros, Hungary will showcase the same format on Jul 7-8. These two races are always a fan- and -athlete favourite events as competition allows the elites to test their speed and consistency on a 400-metre swim, 10-kilometre bike and 2.5-kilometre run final course. Elites Join Elites Apart from the 2018 ITU Triathlon World Cup...

What to Look Forward to in the 2018 World Cup Season

Triathlon News - Mon, 05/02/2018 - 18:19
This Sunday, the 2018 ITU World Cup season officially kicks off its 17-stop global tour with the first race of the year in Cape Town, South Africa. Setting the stage for World Triathlon’s longest World Cup season to date means that 2018 is also set up to be one of the most action-packed years of the sport. So in order to prepare for all the thrills and epic racing that is about to come, here are a few of the things to look forward to this 2018 World Cup season. New Cities, New Champions This year, two new cities join the World Cup calendar as first-time hosts. Astana, Kazakhstan will host a race on May 19 and Antwerpen, Belgium debuts on June 16-17. Not only are the cities themselves joining the World Cup family for the very first time, but the countries of Kazakhstan and Belgium are also debuting as first-time hosts, meaning that not only our series but also our sport is continuing to grow around the world. With two new events that signify that two women and two men will also have the chance of becoming the first-time event Champions, so history will be made in more ways than one this year. New Opportunities for Gold Last year for the 2017 season, 26 unique men and women stood on top of the World Cup podium, with 13 athletes earning the gold medal for the very first time. As always, the world cup series remains as one of the best resources to showcase upcoming and existing talent in triathlon, often revealing the ones to watch and future breakout stars of the sport. So with more races and more chances to win, we expect new names and new talent to make the headlines. Coming Back for Round Two In 2017, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic and Sarasota, United States debuted on the world cup calendar. For this year, both events are returning to the tour to showcase a race for the second time. With the excitement of their addition last year, we are equally thrilled to be going back to see more success from these two events. Super Sprint Returns! Once again in 2018 elites will have a chance at racing the semi-final/final super sprint race format. On May 5-6 Chengdu, China will hold the first event and then two months later, Tiszaujvaros, Hungary will showcase the same format on Jul 7-8. These two races are always a fan- and -athlete favourite events as competition allows the elites to test their speed and consistency on a 400-metre swim, 10-kilometre bike and 2.5-kilometre run final course. Elites Join Elites Apart from the 2018 ITU Triathlon World Cup...

What to Look Forward to in the 2018 World Cup Season

Triathlon News - Mon, 05/02/2018 - 18:19
This Sunday, the 2018 ITU World Cup season officially kicks off its 17-stop global tour with the first race of the year in Cape Town, South Africa. Setting the stage for World Triathlon’s longest World Cup season to date means that 2018 is also set up to be one of the most action-packed years of the sport. So in order to prepare for all the thrills and epic racing that is about to come, here are a few of the things to look forward to this 2018 World Cup season. New Cities, New Champions This year, two new cities join the World Cup calendar as first-time hosts. Astana, Kazakhstan will host a race on May 19 and Antwerpen, Belgium debuts on June 16-17. Not only are the cities themselves joining the World Cup family for the very first time, but the countries of Kazakhstan and Belgium are also debuting as first-time hosts, meaning that not only our series but also our sport is continuing to grow around the world. With two new events that signify that two women and two men will also have the chance of becoming the first-time event Champions, so history will be made in more ways than one this year. New Opportunities for Gold Last year for the 2017 season, 26 unique men and women stood on top of the World Cup podium, with 13 athletes earning the gold medal for the very first time. As always, the world cup series remains as one of the best resources to showcase upcoming and existing talent in triathlon, often revealing the ones to watch and future breakout stars of the sport. So with more races and more chances to win, we expect new names and new talent to make the headlines. Coming Back for Round Two In 2017, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic and Sarasota, United States debuted on the world cup calendar. For this year, both events are returning to the tour to showcase a race for the second time. With the excitement of their addition last year, we are equally thrilled to be going back to see more success from these two events. Super Sprint Returns! Once again in 2018 elites will have a chance at racing the semi-final/final super sprint race format. On May 5-6 Chengdu, China will hold the first event and then two months later, Tiszaujvaros, Hungary will showcase the same format on Jul 7-8. These two races are always a fan- and -athlete favourite events as competition allows the elites to test their speed and consistency on a 400-metre swim, 10-kilometre bike and 2.5-kilometre run final course. Elites Join Elites Apart from the 2018 ITU Triathlon World Cup...

ITU seeking Web Developer

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/01/2018 - 23:27
The International Triathlon Union (ITU), the worldwide governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon is looking for a candidate to fill the position of “Web Developer” based in Madrid, Spain though relocation of a suitable candidate is possible. We are looking for a highly motivated person who can work as part of a small but very close team. This position will report to the Head of IT. Job Duties Development and continued maintenance of ITU online platforms and portals Supporting external API application development Enhancing ITU’s digital broadcast platform & associated services (triathlonlive.tv) Assistance in testing, monitoring and QA and any other miscellaneous tasks REQUIREMENTS Strong knowledge of PHP and the Laravel framework A knowledge and experience of writing and consuming RESTful APIs Experience using Git Experience with MySQL and non-relational databases such as MongoDB/Redis Must be able to communicate well in English Be able to work well with minimal guidance Be a curious person committed to continual learning Nice-to-Haves Ability to program in a secondary high-level language such as Python Basic knowledge of front-end technology and platforms Experience with Amazon Web Services Knowledge and experience of ExpressionEngine Experience working with open-source projects Devops and/or Linux server administration experience Ability to travel and work flexible hours An interest in sport To Apply Email jobs@triathlon.org with a current résumé, and cover letter. Job Information Position: Web Developer Location: Madrid, Spain (relocation possible) About Us The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and has 167 affiliated National Federations around the world. ITU is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games, making its debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is currently one of the fastest growing Olympic sports in the world. The World Triathlon Series is ITU’s premier series and the pinnacle of the sport. The eight-race series is broadcast internationally and is also streamed live on www.triathlonlive.tv.

ITU seeking Web Developer

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/01/2018 - 23:27
The International Triathlon Union (ITU), the worldwide governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon is looking for a candidate to fill the position of “Web Developer” based in Madrid, Spain though relocation of a suitable candidate is possible. We are looking for a highly motivated person who can work as part of a small but very close team. This position will report to the Head of IT. Job Duties Development and continued maintenance of ITU online platforms and portals Supporting external API application development Enhancing ITU’s digital broadcast platform & associated services (triathlonlive.tv) Assistance in testing, monitoring and QA and any other miscellaneous tasks Requirements Strong knowledge of PHP and the Laravel framework A knowledge and experience of writing and consuming RESTful APIs Experience using Git Experience with MySQL and non-relational databases such as MongoDB/Redis Must be able to communicate well in English Be able to work well with minimal guidance Be a curious person committed to continual learning Nice-to-Haves Ability to program in a secondary high-level language such as Python Basic knowledge of front-end technology and platforms Experience with Amazon Web Services Knowledge and experience of ExpressionEngine Experience working with open-source projects Devops and/or Linux server administration experience Ability to travel and work flexible hours An interest in sport To Apply Email jobs@triathlon.org with a current résumé, and cover letter. Job Information Position: Web Developer Location: Madrid, Spain (relocation possible) About Us The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and has 167 affiliated National Federations around the world. ITU is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games, making its debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is currently one of the fastest growing Olympic sports in the world. The World Triathlon Series is ITU’s premier series and the pinnacle of the sport. The eight-race series is broadcast internationally and is also streamed live on www.triathlonlive.tv.

ITU seeking Web Developer

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/01/2018 - 23:27
The International Triathlon Union (ITU), the worldwide governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon is looking for a candidate to fill the position of “Web Developer” based in Madrid, Spain though relocation of a suitable candidate is possible. We are looking for a highly motivated person who can work as part of a small but very close team. This position will report to the Head of IT. Job Duties Development and continued maintenance of ITU online platforms and portals Supporting external API application development Enhancing ITU’s digital broadcast platform & associated services (triathlonlive.tv) Assistance in testing, monitoring and QA and any other miscellaneous tasks REQUIREMENTS Strong knowledge of PHP and the Laravel framework A knowledge and experience of writing and consuming RESTful APIs Experience using Git Experience with MySQL and non-relational databases such as MongoDB/Redis Must be able to communicate well in English Be able to work well with minimal guidance Be a curious person committed to continual learning Nice-to-Haves Ability to program in a secondary high-level language such as Python Basic knowledge of front-end technology and platforms Experience with Amazon Web Services Knowledge and experience of ExpressionEngine Experience working with open-source projects Devops and/or Linux server administration experience Ability to travel and work flexible hours An interest in sport To Apply Email jobs@triathlon.org with a current résumé, and cover letter. Job Information Position: Web Developer Location: Madrid, Spain (relocation possible) About Us The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and has 167 affiliated National Federations around the world. ITU is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games, making its debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is currently one of the fastest growing Olympic sports in the world. The World Triathlon Series is ITU’s premier series and the pinnacle of the sport. The eight-race series is broadcast internationally and is also streamed live on www.triathlonlive.tv.

ITU seeking Web Developer

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/01/2018 - 23:26
The International Triathlon Union (ITU), the worldwide governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon is looking for a candidate to fill the position of “Web Developer” based in Madrid, Spain though relocation of a suitable candidate is possible. We are looking for a highly motivated person who can work as part of a small but very close team. This position will report to the Head of IT. Job Duties Development and continued maintenance of ITU online platforms and portals Supporting external API application development Enhancing ITU’s digital broadcast platform & associated services (triathlonlive.tv) Assistance in testing, monitoring and QA and any other miscellaneous tasks Requirements Strong knowledge of PHP and the Laravel framework A knowledge and experience of writing and consuming RESTful APIs Experience using Git Experience with MySQL and non-relational databases such as MongoDB/Redis Must be able to communicate well in English Be able to work well with minimal guidance Be a curious person committed to continual learning Nice-to-Haves Ability to program in a secondary high-level language such as Python Basic knowledge of front-end technology and platforms Experience with Amazon Web Services Knowledge and experience of ExpressionEngine Experience working with open-source projects Devops and/or Linux server administration experience Ability to travel and work flexible hours An interest in sport To Apply Email jobs@triathlon.org with a current résumé, and cover letter. Job Information Position: Web Developer Location: Madrid, Spain (relocation possible) About Us The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and has 167 affiliated National Federations around the world. ITU is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games, making its debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is currently one of the fastest growing Olympic sports in the world. The World Triathlon Series is ITU’s premier series and the pinnacle of the sport. The eight-race series is broadcast internationally and is also streamed live on www.triathlonlive.tv.

ITU seeking Web Developer

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/01/2018 - 23:26
The International Triathlon Union (ITU), the worldwide governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon is looking for a candidate to fill the position of “Web Developer” based in Madrid, Spain though relocation of a suitable candidate is possible. We are looking for a highly motivated person who can work as part of a small but very close team. This position will report to the Head of IT. Job Duties Development and continued maintenance of ITU online platforms and portals Supporting external API application development Enhancing ITU’s digital broadcast platform & associated services (triathlonlive.tv) Assistance in testing, monitoring and QA and any other miscellaneous tasks Requirements Strong knowledge of PHP and the Laravel framework A knowledge and experience of writing and consuming RESTful APIs Experience using Git Experience with MySQL and non-relational databases such as MongoDB/Redis Must be able to communicate well in English Be able to work well with minimal guidance Be a curious person committed to continual learning Nice-to-Haves Ability to program in a secondary high-level language such as Python Basic knowledge of front-end technology and platforms Experience with Amazon Web Services Knowledge and experience of ExpressionEngine Experience working with open-source projects Devops and/or Linux server administration experience Ability to travel and work flexible hours An interest in sport To Apply Email jobs@triathlon.org with a current résumé, and cover letter. Job Information Position: Web Developer Location: Madrid, Spain (relocation possible) About Us The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and has 167 affiliated National Federations around the world. ITU is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games, making its debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is currently one of the fastest growing Olympic sports in the world. The World Triathlon Series is ITU’s premier series and the pinnacle of the sport. The eight-race series is broadcast internationally and is also streamed live on www.triathlonlive.tv.

Best of 2017: Overall Triathlete

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/01/2018 - 17:27
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! OVERALL TRIATHLETE Men’s Overall Triathlete: Mario Mola (ESP) Rewatch over and over again the #WTSRotterdam Men’s Highlights where Mola wins his 2nd World Title!Women’s Overall Triathlete: Flora Duffy (BER) Duffy will forever be known as one, if not the top cyclists in the triathlon world. However, over the last couple of seasons, Duffy has proved that her strength does not lie in only pedalling alone. She has transitioned into one of the best overall triathletes, where she excels in all three disciplines - swim, bike and run. With her six WTS wins in 2017 and her second WTS World Crown, Duffy continued to be on fire in 2017, which only gets us more pumped and excited to see what she can do in 2018! Check out the #WTSRotterdam Grand Final race where Flora had a perfect World Champion victory!

Best of 2017: Overall Triathlete

Triathlon News - Wed, 31/01/2018 - 17:27
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! OVERALL TRIATHLETE Men’s Overall Triathlete: Mario Mola (ESP) Rewatch over and over again the #WTSRotterdam Men’s Highlights where Mola wins his 2nd World Title!Women’s Overall Triathlete: Flora Duffy (BER) Duffy will forever be known as one, if not the top cyclists in the triathlon world. However, over the last couple of seasons, Duffy has proved that her strength does not lie in only pedalling alone. She has transitioned into one of the best overall triathletes, where she excels in all three disciplines - swim, bike and run. With her six WTS wins in 2017 and her second WTS World Crown, Duffy continued to be on fire in 2017, which only gets us more pumped and excited to see what she can do in 2018! Check out the #WTSRotterdam Grand Final race where Flora had a perfect World Champion victory!

Japan’s Keiichi Sato joins select group to compete in both Summer and Winter Paralympics

Triathlon News - Tue, 30/01/2018 - 18:58
Hailing from the Japanese city of Nagoya, Keiichi Sato has been part of ITU paratriathlon events since his first race in Yokohama back in 2014, collecting an impressive series of wins and podium finishes over the years, as well as competing in triathlon’s Paralympic Games debut at Rio 2016. Sato now stands just days away from a third appearance at a Winter Paralympic Games, having qualified for the biathlon and cross-country skiing events at PyeongChang 2018, once more underlining his remarkable Paralympic ‘double life’. “Third time’s a charm,” said the 38-year-old, candidly. “I have been cross-country skiing for 13 years and have 10 years in biathlon, but still less than three in triathlon, so I have been using my winter experiences to help my development.” Sato finished in 11th place in Rio, and has three top-ten finishes in the snow to his name; one in the cross-country ski relay at Vancouver 2010 and two in the Sochi biathlon competition four years ago. Now, as he prepares for PyeongChang, he is fully focussed on a podium finish. “I have changed my training method significantly since the Sochi Paralympics and I am aiming for the top of the world,” Sato continues. “The triathlon is an endurance system. Biathlon and cross-country skiing require a power endurance system. It is relatively easy to transition from biathlon and cross-country to triathlon, but it is harder the other way round because of the very specific muscles used for skiing.”   There are precious few athletes who have successfully straddled the distinct worlds of Summer and Winter Paralympics over the years, but Fernando Aranha is certainly another. Having worked his way to the top of the Brazilian paratriathlon tree and finishing third in his first ITU World Championship Grand Final in Beijing, the Brazilian competed in the cross-country sit-skiing event at Sochi 2014. Aranha then qualified for the Rio 2016 paratriathlon in his home country, becoming the first Brazilian athlete ever to compete in both the Summer and Winter Paralympics. Another inspirational example of such athletic adaptation is Frenchman Yannick Bourseaux, who competed in the Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympics in biathlon and cross-country skiing, after an accident had taken him prematurely out of the elite Triathlon circuit. Bourseaux never gave up on the sport he loved, finishing 5th at the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics and once again showing the power of our paratriathletes...

Best of 2017: Most Inspirational

Triathlon News - Tue, 30/01/2018 - 13:35
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 four athletes who not just compete, but perform in a race and inspire the world that anyone can keep going, complete a goal and do anything that they put their mind to: MOST INSPIRATIONAL Men’s Inspirational Moment: Alistair Brownlee (GBR) returns to remain hometown hero Despite announcing that 2017 would be a year to focus on longer-distance triathlons, the WTS had a special treat when Brownlee decided to race in #WTSLeeds. The two-time Olympic gold medallist returned to his hometown race to reclaim his Leeds title. What could be more inspiring for a test of determination than stepping in to compete in one race of the year and not only winning it but DOMINATING it to claim the gold! Men’s Inspirational Moment: Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) returns after injury to win #WTSAbuDhabi It was a great disappointment to learn that Gomez would not be racing in the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics because of a bike training injury. Missing out on that race and the rest of the WTS in 2016 was a tough loss for the triathlon world. But fast forward to the start of the 2017 WTS season and for the season opening race, Gomez is toeing the line in Abu Dhabi. He is back! And not only that, but he goes on to win the standard-distance race! There is a reason that Gomez is a five-time World Champion - he prevails, he succeeds and NOTHING can stop him! Women’s Inspirational Moment: Andrea Hewitt (NZL) wins emotional WTS gold in place where late fiance was honoured Hewitt’s Abu Dhabi win was such a powerful moment for triathlon in 2017 that we haven’t been able to stop talking about it. It was the definition of INSPIRING last season. Not only did she sprint her way to the finisher’s tape to claim gold for...

Best of 2017: Most Inspirational

Triathlon News - Tue, 30/01/2018 - 13:35
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 four athletes who not just compete, but perform in a race and inspire the world that anyone can keep going, complete a goal and do anything that they put their mind to: MOST INSPIRATIONAL Men’s Inspirational Moment: Alistair Brownlee (GBR) returns to remain hometown hero Despite announcing that 2017 would be a year to focus on longer-distance triathlons, the WTS had a special treat when Brownlee decided to race in #WTSLeeds. The two-time Olympic gold medallist returned to his hometown race to reclaim his Leeds title. What could be more inspiring for a test of determination than stepping in to compete in one race of the year and not only winning it but DOMINATING it to claim the gold! Men’s Inspirational Moment: Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) returns after injury to win #WTSAbuDhabi It was a great disappointment to learn that Gomez would not be racing in the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics because of a bike training injury. Missing out on that race and the rest of the WTS in 2016 was a tough loss for the triathlon world. But fast forward to the start of the 2017 WTS season and for the season opening race, Gomez is toeing the line in Abu Dhabi. He is back! And not only that, but he goes on to win the standard-distance race! There is a reason that Gomez is a five-time World Champion - he prevails, he succeeds and NOTHING can stop him! Women’s Inspirational Moment: Andrea Hewitt (NZL) wins emotional WTS gold in place where late fiance was honoured Hewitt’s Abu Dhabi win was such a powerful moment for triathlon in 2017 that we haven’t been able to stop talking about it. It was the definition of INSPIRING last season. Not only did she sprint her way to the finisher’s tape to claim gold for...

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