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Olympian profile: Sarah-Anne Brault

Sarah-Anne Brault
Sarah-Anne Brault

As we get ready for Rio triathlon events on August 18th (men) and 20th (women), TMC profiles the five first-time Canadians comprising our Olympic squad.

Sarah-Anne Brault was named as an alternate to the London 2012 Olympic triathlon team, but this year she’s earned herself a spot on the five-member team thanks to consistent results delivered over the past few years. Brault has multiple world cup podium finishes under her belt and her best WTS finishes include 13th at this year’s Yokohama race and ninth at last year’s Auckland race.

Brault splits her training season between Wollongong, Australia and Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain with the Wollongong Wizards under coach Jamie Turner.

We asked Brault to tell us a bit about her Rio prep and expectations of her first Olympic experience.

How do you feel about the Rio course, does it play to your strengths?

I think the course in Rio is great. I love ocean swims and the hill on the bike should break things up a little bit and make it triathlon rather than a wet 10 km foot race. I think the women’s race is going to be very exciting as people aren’t going to just sit up and wait.

What do your final big workouts look like before Rio?

We’ll have a few big sessions this week, it’ll be fairly similar to what we have been doing I, but maybe a bit less everyday as we start to taper. Some open water swims, a lot of hills on the bike and some running at ‘goal’ 10km pace. We never know ahead of time what the training day will bring, so I’m guessing here.

What are your minimum expectations of yourself in Rio? 

I don’t like to set outcome goals for any race. I want to execute on the swim, the bike and the run. If I can do that, I’ll have a result I can be proud of.

What are you most looking forward to about the Olympics in general? Are you going to watch any other sports?

I’m actually really looking forward to seeing my family and friends. I haven’t seen my parents since January and my friends even longer than that! Since we race on the second last day, I haven’t made very many plans to watch other events, but I’m much looking forward to the village and meeting all the other Canadian athletes.