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Tereza Macel, a dual citizen of Canada and the Czech Republic, has announced her retirement at the age of 36. The announcement comes as a surprise, considering that Macel has had recent success at the Ironman distance. Macel won both Ironman Lake Placid and Ironman Canada in 2009, and capped that year off with a fourth-place finish at the Ironman World Championship.
The news came from Macel’s training group for the last two years, teamTbb:
“At the end of every year a professional athlete looks back at their season and how well they fulfilled their goals,” Macel said. “Then there is the look forward to the approaching season to see what new challenges are still out there to pursue. After a number of seasons of this exercise, if things have gone well both lists get shorter. After some time one reflects on the question of whether they should embark on yet another season or look elsewhere for new challenges and goals. Over the last 15 years I have dedicated my life to the pursuit of excellence in the triathlon world. I have accomplished many of my goals in both short course and long course racing on both the national and the international platforms and it is after reflection on all of this that I can say that I am happy with my career and feel it is time to move on to the next stage of my life.”