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Olympic Blog: Bennett on Past Performances, London Race Prep
LONDON — After just missing the podium four years ago in Beijing, Laura Bennett enters the London 2012 Olympic Games women’s triathlon as one of the most consistent performers on the ITU circuit.
Since the start of the 2010 season, Bennett has posted nine top-eight finishes in 12 ITU World Triathlon Series starts, including a fifth-place result in Hyde Park two years ago.
Her lowest finish over this impressive span of results: a 24th-place showing in London at last year’s test event, which served as the first automatic qualifier for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team.
She more than made up for that disappointment with a third-place finish in May at the ITU World Triathlon San Diego to claim her second straight Olympic Games berth.
In her own words, Bennett reflects on her past performances in London, her race preparation and the uniqueness of the Games:
“I have had one of my best races and one of my worst races on this course here in London. So the course really isn’t the main factor — it is going to be more about the competition in the race.
“I have prepared the best I can to have a great race here. I am coming in healthy and off consistent training. The great thing about the Olympics is they don’t give out the medals until after the race.
“There are no rules about the Games — favorites have been upset and underdogs have come from nowhere. That is what makes it exciting. I am keen to make the most of my opportunity, to be apart of these Games and be shooting for a medal.”