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With a seventh-place finish at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Series (WTS) race and Rio Olympics selection event on the Gold Coast in April, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Emma Moffatt made history by becoming the first female Australian triathlete to attain a third Olympic spot—forever etching her name among Australia’s greatest triathletes. The 31-year-old, two-time ITU world champion will do so with partner Daniel Bowker, who also punched his ticket to Rio as part of the Australian Kayak team.
“It’s an honor to be able to represent Australia and be a part of such a great team that includes so many sports. I never thought I’d go to one Olympics, so each time has been a bonus. Beijing and London were totally opposite races for me, but [they were] both experiences that I’ve learned from and grown as an athlete, and hopefully as a person.”
“Both [Beijing and London] Olympics were completely different in nearly every way—the courses, the culture, the weather, the food, the language, etc. Rio again is very different, so I think the main lesson I’ve learned is that you have to be adaptable, and it can be chaotic so sometimes you just have to relax and go with the flow.”
“I’d definitely love to medal again and that’s a great motivator to have in training. But I think it will also be nice to share my past experiences and knowledge with the ‘rookies’—although they are all extremely experienced in racing.”
“We all went and raced on the course last year. And I think what was most challenging was the bike. There’s one hill in particular that is steep, then a solid descent, and it’s eight laps, so that’s going to be tough! It can get quite hot so that’s also going to play a part.”
“My strategy for success will be to make the most of the next 100 odd days left of training and turn up to the start line knowing I’ve done everything possible to make my goals a reality.”
TV series: “I’m not a TV person at all. I do watch tennis and AFL (Australian Rules Football) though.”
Song: “’Downtown’ by Macklemore [and Ryan Lewis], and when I have a hard session I usually bring up the Black Eyed Peas’ playlist on Pandora.”
Post-race meal: “Sweet potato fries with loads of salt.”
Favorite race: “ITU Hamburg … great city, huge crowd and amazing buffet breaky where we stay!”
Superstitions: “I always put my left shoe/sock on first. I don’t know if I actually do this in a race, but I definitely do it on a daily basis.”
Run, bike or swim: “They are all great, but in a race it’s a relief to get on the run … it’s painful but I feel safe!”