Remember when we were wondering if Flora Duffy might be looking at moving up to the half-distance this year? While that might still be in the cards, it would appear that the three-time World Triathlon world champion has her sights set on a record-setting fourth title this year. She told Bermuda’s Royal Gazette, her “home” newspaper, that she’ll be starting her season at the World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) Yokohama race in May, which seems like an apt place to start racing considering the biggest win of her career took place in Japan last summer.
“That will be my first race and then from there, it’s kind of pretty busy racing from May through to November,” she told the newspaper, “So I’m going to enjoy these few months that I have right now to just train and be in one place before a busy year of racing kicks off in May.”
Duffy took Olympic gold and became the first woman to win both the Olympics and the world championship in the same year. (Kristian Blummenfelt became the first man to achieve the double last year, too.) The 34-year-old rounded out the year with a win at the final event of the Super League Triathlon series in Malibu, victory at WTCS Abu Dhabi and then a sixth-straight Xterra world title, too.
Duffy was also named a Dame Commander of the British Empire last year for her exploits and was ranked 11th on Sports Illustrated’s top-50 best conditioned athletes.
Who knows how she tops 2021, but she’ll no-doubt give it a go.