Simon Whitfield moves on
Written by: Herbert Krabel
Added: Wed Oct 23 2013
Whitfield had won gold in Sydney at the inaugural triathlon event and became a household name right away. He finished 11th in 2004 in Athens, but came back in 2008 to take Silver in Beijing. He carried the flag for the Canadian Team at the 2012 Games in London but a crash in the race ended his day early.
Of course there were many other highlights that were not related to the Olympic Games and among them was the exciting sprint finish at the 2009 ITU Hy-Vee Des Moines Elite Cup where Whitfield outsprinted Brad Kahlefeldt, Jan Frodeno and Kris Gemmell for the win and the unique high $200,000 pay check.
As we had mentioned it seemed that post London that Whitfield would race 70.3 events and possibly some full distance races, but health and personal issues threw a monkey wrench into those plans and now Simon Whitfield has decided to give the business world a try. He announced the new step on his site today and athletes from around the world quickly reached out to him to wish him the best and remind him of the times they had together.
We asked Whitfield what he would miss the most now that he is no longer competing at that level and he said, "The people - I loved seeing the boys, Bevan and Gemmell, Rana, Javier, Jonathan. Competing head to head, racing at the highest level. I'll never be that fit again, that physically prepared, and I'll miss that."
But of course there is also the other side of the coin and we asked him also what he was most excited about with this new path.
"I've enjoyed not worrying about getting sore when I play at the park with my little girls, not being tired when I'm with them and worried about recovery, recovery nutrition, massage, foam rolling, high elbows, 6 beat kicks, pull buoys, Di2, zero drop, gels, power files, visors, compression and Alistair Brownlee (he's too fast)," said Whitfield to slowtwitch.
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