World Triathlon

2020 Yearbook

Digital magazines from the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the World Triathlon Series

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WORLD TRIATHLON PODCAST As it became clear that racing would be put on hold for much of the year, World Triathlon used the opportunity to catch up with athletes around the world and share their stories from lockdown and beyond through a series of regular podcasts. Soon-to-be World Champion Georgia Taylor- Brown (GBR), World Triathlon Team members Edda Hannesdottir (ISL) and Ognjen Stojanovich and Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) were among the first to tell their stories, Stojanovich speaking from the hotel room in Mauritius where he was stranded for 10 weeks after racing the African Cup as lockdown bit both there and in Serbia. For Tyler Mislawchuk, two weeks of quarantine in his parents' basement was an unusual start to life back in the family home and he gave us some fascinating insights into the mental battles of training with no events on the horizon and facing the news of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games postponement. Other guests throughout the year have included legends like Nicola Spirig (SUI), revealing how she managed to gain the vital edge over Sweden's Lisa Norden in their infamous London 2012 sprint finish and a frank discussion with Erin Baker looking back over the American star's time at the top of triathlon. Scotland's Marc Austen and New Zealand's Ryan Sissons took us through their very different reasons for retirement this year, Vasco Vilaça (POR) and Maya Kingma (NED) reflected on some of the breakout performances of WTS Hamburg and the Karlovy Vary World Cup and Australia's Lauren Steadman was disarmingly open about the accident that cost her the use of her legs. 105 contents

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