Reinaldo Colucci has drawn inspiration from the Formula One legend late Ayrton Senna in his bid to become Brazil’s first triathlete to achieve a top-10 finish at the Olympics.
Colucci was confirmed in Brazil’s Olympic squad Monday, having qualified for the event with his gold medal at last year’s Pan American games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
He said Senna, Brazil’s three-time Formula 1 World Champion who died in a 1994 crash, was a model of dedication and self-belief.
“I wasn’t able to see much of him because he died when I was eight years old,” Colucci said.
“But I have always admired him. I often look at videos of him on the internet and they motivate me for his sheer will to succeed and achieve perfection.”
The 26-year-old said he learned much about Senna’s dedication to training by reading “The Seeds of Victory” by the champion driver’s personal trainer Nuno Cobra.
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