Canadian triathlete Paula Findlay has ended her season early and will not race in the upcoming Pan American Games.
Findlay posted in her blog Tuesday that her mind and body need a break after a difficult second half of the season.
She is considered one of Canada’s Olympic medal hopefuls next year at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Findlay won five world championship series races over the last two years, including a victory in London last year. The world championship series determines the year’s world champions.
But a hip injury midway through this summer was a setback for the 22 year old from Edmonton because she couldn’t train for races properly after that.
She was 29th on the London course last month and did not finish the world championship series finale Sept. 11 in Beijing.
Findlay dropped out in Beijing during 40-kilometer bike leg of the triathlon that also includes a 1.5-kilometer swim and 10-km run.
She decided not to race last Sunday’s world championship series race in Yokahama, Japan, which was a rescheduled event because of the earthquake in that country earlier this year.
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