Rio round-up: Triathletes sum up their Olympic experiences
Now that the Rio 2016 Olympics have come and gone, athletes are beginning to get back to reality. For most of the 55 men and women who competed in the Olympic triathlon, the season isn’t over and they’ll be getting back to work for remaining events on the calendar like the upcoming WTS Edmonton and ITU World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico.
From Jorgensen’s four-year journey to gold, to the Brownlees’ dominance to crushing moments out on the bike course, we’ve complied some of the athletes’ post-race reactions to their performances over social media.
The Brownlees on their impressive 1-2 finishes
After they found out that their main rival, Javier Gomez of Spain, wouldn’t be racing this year’s Olympics due to an injury, the Brownlee brothers made it very clear in pre-race interviews they would be taking the gold and silver medals… it was just a matter of in which order.
In a race they dominated from start to finish, Alistair and his brother Jonathan crossed the finish line first and second. They were obviously thrilled.
We did it! #triathlon pic.twitter.com/D7H1ZCJnbn
— Jonathan Brownlee (@jonny_brownlee) August 18, 2016
Made it to the village pic.twitter.com/cgiAr6BEpD
— Alistair Brownlee (@AliBrownleetri) August 20, 2016
Gwen Jorgensen on her victory
Rio 2016 #Gold Medalist @gwenjorgensen gives her #ThankYouRio message to Rio Fans! #TeamUSA 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/c9ucsFcl7X
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 20, 2016
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What a day, I vividly remember setting this goal 4 years ago and have done everything possible to achieve it. Still doesn't seem real that it happened! This never would have been possible without my husband @patrick_lemieux and coach Jamie. Thank you to everyone for all the messages of support and love. Photo thanks to @dellyphotoninja
Sarah True on her heartbreaking DNF
American Sarah True was considered a medal contender in the women’s race and alongside Gwen Jorgensen and Katie Zaferes, capable of earning an American podium sweep.
True’s leg seized up on the first lap of the bike leg and while she struggled to stay on the course and ride through the pain, she was ultimately lapped and forced to DNF.
Heading back from Rio today.
Am I heartbroken? Absolutely. But even greater is a sense of gratitude for the process and people around me.
— Sarah True (@sgroffy) August 22, 2016
True is no stranger to the podium, with multiple WTS and world cup medals under her belt.
Amelie Kretz, Kirsten Sweetland and Sarah-Anne Brault on their Olympic debuts
Kretz, Sweetland and Brault placed 34th, 41st and 42rd respectively. The three were first-time Olympians.
Honoured to represent Canada at my 1st Olympic Games.Really desapointed with my race, I'll be back 4 more #olympics pic.twitter.com/2NYuVPCq03
— Amélie Kretz (@AmelieKretz) August 22, 2016
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Well, that wasn't what I had envisioned for myself 2 years ago. BUT given how the past 2 years have gone, I have to be proud that I gave everything I had today. Congrats to Gwen, Nicola and Vicky and all those who competed!! We are now Olympians!! Thank you everyone for the immense amount of support I've received not only for this year but my entire career. I hope my gratitude is shown as much as its felt!!! Stay tuned for health update coming up #thankyou #rio #teamcanada
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I've heard those rings in the back are a big deal. And tomorrow, I'll get to line up on the beach and race the best in the world, alongside @kirstensweetland and @ameliekretz. Massive thanks to all those who have helped me get here. And those of you who have followed the journey. There's many of you. 🎥 Saturday 11am local time (10 EST)
Vicky Holland and Non Stanford on their back to back finishes
British teammates, roommates and best friends Vicky Holland and Non Stanford shared some heart-warming moments post-race after Holland ran away with the bronze medal in the women’s race and Stanford followed just after in fourth.
An Olympian. Finally. Grateful to share the journey with this girl. It's been incredible. Well done @VixHolland 😘🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/A2Uwa7t9NG
— Non Stanford (@NonStanford) August 20, 2016
When you & your best friend race for the last @Rio2016 @Olympics medal & one of you gets it. Love. #THISISTRIATHLON pic.twitter.com/3oQAovY9z4
— World Triathlon (@worldtriathlon) August 20, 2016
Henri Schoeman on his unexpected and historic bronze medal for South Africa
Words cannot describe it. Olympic Bronze Medalist! Thank you to everyone supporting and having faith in me back home pic.twitter.com/QdWiUbU9zH
— Henri Schoeman (@H_Schoeman) August 18, 2016
Landed with the warmest welcome. Great to see so many young inspired children who will be the future of our sport! pic.twitter.com/bhvGGYct5x
— Henri Schoeman (@H_Schoeman) August 22, 2016
Andrew Yorke on his devastating crash and determination to finish
Yorke crashed on the bike but in an incredible display of strength and determination, got back on his bike, kept going and crossed the finish line in 42nd.
Tough day at the #Olympics Was so proud to wear the #mapleleaf🍁 No way in hell I would quit. Love to my family and friends #trialsofmiles
— Andrew Yorke (@trialsyorke) August 18, 2016
"This is the Olympics, I was just thinking about my country. You don't quit." #CAN triathlete @trialsyorke who got back on bike after crash
— Greg Mercer (@GregMercerGlobe) August 18, 2016
Tyler Mislawchuk on Olympic debut
Mislawchuk, who was the youngest man in the field and turned 22 the day after his race, wowed his Canadian fans with an impressive 15th place finish in his Olympic debut