Here is a shortlist of the top performances by a Canadian triathlete. The list includes both ITU and Ironman performances.
Simon Whitfield Sydney 2000
It was the first edition of triathlon in the Olympic games. The win elevated Whitfield to national stardom, and was a breakout race for him, in his then young professional career.
Sylviane and Patricia Puntous Kona 1983
The twin duo, came first and second in 1983, and would do the same in 1984. 1983, was the first Kona win by any Canadian. Sylviane would reach the podium three other times in 1985, 1986 and 1989.
Peter Reid Kona 1998
He is the first and only Canadian male to have won the Ironman World Championship in Kona. In 1998, it was the first of his three titles: 1998, 2000, 2003. Reid also had three second-place finishes and a third at Kona.
Lori Bowden and Heather Fuhr Kona 1997
The two Canadians would share the spotlight for much of the late 1990s and early 2000s, as they went back and forth at Kona. In 1997, Fuhr topped Bowden, and then in 1999, Bowden took the win.
Joanne Ritchie 1991 Gold Coast
Before Whitfield, Ritchie carried the flag of ITU success. In 1991, on the Gold Coast of Australia, Ritchie won the first ITU World Championships by a Canadian.
Simon Whitfield Beijing 2008
Following his rise at Sydney, Whitfield was a favourite in every race he entered. In Athens 2004 he faltered. But, in Beijing, he was back for redemption. Many will remember the closing kilometres, where Frodeno, Docherty, Gomez and Whitfield were locked in battle, and Whitfield made a gutsy effort for the win. In the end, he came second, but once again brought a nation to their feet.
Lionel Sanders Kona 2017
Just last year, Sanders gave everything he had, driving with all his might to hold of Lange in the final kilometres. In the end, Lange’s speed was too much, and Sanders finished in second.
Lisa Bentley Kona 2006
Bentley became a star on the Ironman scene, with multiple Ironman Canada wins and a third at Kona in 2006.
Paula Findlay 2010-11 ITU Season
Over the 2010-11 season, Findlay captured the hearts of Canadians with thrilling wins. Following this early success, Findlay has ridden the highs and lows. Earlier this year, she won her first 70.3 race at St.George, becoming the North America champion.