Simon Whitfield

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Simon St. Quentin Whitfield
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Personal information
Born (1975-05-16) May 16, 1975 (age 39)
Kingston, Ontario
Residence Victoria, British Columbia & Saltspring Island, British Columbia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)[1]
Sport
Country  Canada

Simon St. Quentin Whitfield (born 16 May 1975 in Kingston, Ontario) is a retired Olympic triathlon champion from Canada. Whitfield won 10 consecutive Canadian Triathlon Championships titles and carried the Canadian national flag during the opening ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Biography[edit]

As a young boy, Whitfield played soccer, until he began with triathlon at age 11, honing his early competitive skills in the Canadian Kids of Steel program. By age 15, he was pursuing triathlon on a serious competitive basis. At present, Whitfield lives in Victoria, British Columbia and maintains his second residence at Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. He is currently coached by Olympic marathoner Jon Brown.

Triathlon career[edit]

Whitfield won a gold medal in the triathlon at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He got up off the ground after he and 14 other riders crashed in the bike race portion of the event and worked his way back near the leaders. In the foot race, he cut down the field one at a time then put on a finishing kick to take the victory. His final time was 1:48:24.02, which until 2012 stood as the fastest Olympic triathlon.

In the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England he claimed gold again. He ended up in 11th place at the 2004 Summer Olympics with a time of 1:53:15.81.

Whitfield was named to the 2008 Summer Olympics team and won a silver medal while competing at his third consecutive games.[2] With a time of 1:48:58, he finished 5 seconds behind the German gold medalist.[3] Whitfield's accomplishment was made even more impressive considering he was a distant fourth behind the lead three runners heading into the final kilometre of the run before he burst forth into the lead with 200 metres remaining. Whitfield, exhausted by his effort to get back into the lead, was then passed by the eventual winner Jan Frodeno of Germany at the end of the race.[4]

Whitfield as flag bearer at the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies

Whitfield competed at the 2012 London Olympics in Triathlon. After finishing 15th in the swim[5] Whitfield was riding out of transition in his aero-bars when he was caught off balance going over a speed bump, falling off of his bike and breaking his collar bone, forcing him to drop out of the race.[6] Although disappointed, Whitfield remained composed and tactful, apologizing to a fellow athlete who was involved in the crash. Throughout the Olympics Whitfield continued to defend fellow triathlete and Olympic competitor Paula Findlay from the media when she came last in the women's triathlon in the London games.[7]

Whitfield retired in 2013.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Athlete Biography - WHITFIELD Simon". Beijing Olympics official website. Archived from the original on 26 August 2008. 
  2. ^ The Canadian Press (9 June 2008). "Whitfield headlines trio named to triathlon team". The Sports Network. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  3. ^ The Canadian Press (19 August 2008). "Whitfield Wins Silver in Triathlon, Germany Takes Gold". The Sports Network. Retrieved 19 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Roll call: Canada's medal winners". MSN Sympatico. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Men's Triathlon". Atos Omega (Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games). Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Dave Feschuk (7 August 2012). "London 2012: Simon Whitfield crashes out of triathlon". Toronto Star. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Bruce Arthur (5 August 2012). "Canada’s Paula Findlay deserves apology for struggling through Olympic triathlon". National Post. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/simon-whitfield-olympic-gold-medal-winning-triathlete-announces-retirement-1.1509233
Olympic Games
Preceded by
initial event
Olympic  Gold
Men's Triathlon

2000
Succeeded by
Hamish Carter
Preceded by
Bevan Docherty
Olympic  Silver
Men's Triathlon

2008
Succeeded by
Javier Gómez
Preceded by
Adam van Koeverden
Flagbearer for  Canada at the Opening Ceremonies Parade of Nations of the Summer Olympics
London 2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Clara Hughes
Flagbearer for  Canada at the Opening Ceremonies Parade of Nations of the Olympics
London 2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Karen Cockburn
Flagbearer for  Canada at the Summer Olympics
London 2012
Succeeded by
Christine Sinclair
Preceded by
Joannie Rochette
Flagbearer for  Canada at the Olympics
London 2012
Succeeded by
Christine Sinclair