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Georgia Taylor-Brown opens up about domestic problems that forced her to take a break from the sport

“I used triathlon to escape home life sometimes”

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

Olympic silver medalist Georgia Taylor-Brown hasn’t been a large presence on the triathlon scene this year. That’s in part because of injuries, but in a brave and open interview with Adam Leitch released by Super League, the British star disclosed that she also needed  a break after domestic issues forced her to pull back from the sport.

The interview begins with Taylor-Brown describing her challenges with injuries, both early in her career and also leading up to the Olympics in Tokyo and now less than a year before the Olympics in Paris. Then she explains what happened towards the end of last season as her relationship with her partner, who she said is dealing with alcohol and mental health issues, ended.

Things unravelled at the Super League event in Malibu in 2022, the British star said, and she was finally forced to ask for help, fearing for her own safety.

“Up until that point, I’d held it all together,” Taylor-Brown said. “I used triathlon to escape home life sometimes.”

At the time Taylor-Brown was still in contention to win the World Triathlon title, but found herself struggling to do anything, let alone train.

“I was trying to go for the world title, but all I wanted to do was sit in a room at home,” she said. “[I] had to just plough through.”

Taylor-Brown would finish second to Flora Duffy at the World Triathlon Grand Final in Abu Dhabi.

“I’m proud of myself that I got to the start line and finished the race,” Taylor-Brown said.

In the interview the Olympic silver (individual) and gold (mixed relay) medalist from Tokyo said that she’s now in a relationship with France’s Vincent Luis. Both competed at WTCS Cagliari earlier this year, which Taylor-Brown won, before succumbing to Achilles tendon injuries.

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Both Taylor-Brown and Luis are considered medal contenders for the Olympics in Paris next year, although Luis will likely find himself in a tough position to just make the powerful French squad.