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Best of 2013: Memorable Quotes
Take a look back at top comments from USA Triathlon elites and age-groupers in 2013
“It’s a huge honor [...]. It’s going to motivate and push other U.S. athletes as well. It’s really exciting because it was on U.S. soil …”
— Gwen Jorgensen after becoming the first U.S. woman to claim an ITU World Triathlon Series victory on April 19, 2013, in San Diego, Calif.
“It was amazing to come out here in this team atmosphere and participate as a team. That’s not always a triathlon thing. You have a team, and you train with them, but to actually finish as a team and do this altogether when everyone has just as important of a role, it’s just one of the best things you could ask for.”
— Kevin McDowell, following his win with the Elite Triathlon Academy at the 2013 USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals Mixed-Team Relay event on April 13 in Tempe, Ariz.
“I love that our sport is starting to get a little more credibility. What I see is the numbers have doubled in the past two years, so I think what’s happening is we’re starting to get some of those really elite athletes from other sports and disciplines like Paralympic swimming, Paralympic cycling. As a result, we’re seeing our competition really take a big jump, which I think we all wanted. It’s really a fantastic time to be in paratriathlon.”
— Patricia Walsh, a TRI-6a competitor from Austin, Texas, at the Challenged Athletes Foundation World Paratriathlon San Diego, part of the ITU World Triathlon Series event on April 20.
“I am honored to announce Chicago will be joining the ranks of other global cities as a host of the ITU World Triathlon Series, beginning in 2014.”
—Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, in the announcement that Chicago would host a 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series event and the 2015 Grand Final
“With this unique format, with everyone in their own age group, you’ve really just got to go all out and see what happens the rest of the day. I felt good coming in and it was definitely one of my big races for the year. I just gave it my all and had a really great race.”
— Colin Riley, men’s overall champion at the 2013 USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships on Aug. 10 in Milwaukee, Wis.
“You show up to the Olympic venue, you think it’s never going to be the same, but this time… The Olympics was more of a celebration of sport in general, but this weekend is a whole celebration of triathlon.”
— Sarah Groff after her seventh-place finish in London’s Hyde Park on Sept. 14 at the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final.