This week we have one of the silver medalists from that very Olympic Mixed Relay, that's right pro triathlete, Olympian and Silver Medalist, not to mention 2nd place at her first IRONMAN 70.3 in Boulder this past weekend…Taylor Knibb.
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Interview with Taylor Knibb
Taylor Knibb at 23, is the youngest woman ever to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. She has been the USA Triathlon National Team’s youngest member since she first made the team in 2017. Knibb was inspired to become a triathlete as a child after she watched her mom, Leslie Knibb, compete in an IRONMAN race and noticed the positive atmosphere. She tried a kids’ race and was hooked on the sport from there, working her way through USA Triathlon’s youth elite and junior elite pipelines.
Up to this day, her favorite part of competing in triathlons is the camaraderie within the triathlon community, as well as the challenge of always growing and improving within the sport. In high school, she joined her school’s cross-country team and swam for Nation's Capital Swim Club while continuing to compete in triathlons. She was named the Washington D.C. Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year and the D.C. State Athletic Association Runner of the Year in both 2014 and 2015. She was the 2015 and 2016 USA Triathlon Junior Elite national champion, the 2015 ITU Junior World Championships silver medalist, the 2016 and 2017 ITU Junior World Champion and the 2018 Under-23 World Champion— one of just three women ever to capture world titles at both the Junior and U23 levels. She also became the youngest woman to earn a spot on the podium at an ITU World Triathlon Series race in 2017, earning silver in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Knibb is a 2020 graduate of Cornell, where she ran NCAA track and cross-country for four years while balancing her elite triathlon career. She also joined the Cornell swim team her senior year. Today, Knibb trains in Boulder, Colorado, with Origin Performance Squad, an elite international training group coached by Ian O’Brien. Knibb considers the ITU Under-23 World Championships to be one of her favorite moments of her career because she accomplished a solid performance across all three disciplines.
Elite Triathlon Career
2021: Won gold at the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama on May 15, qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team • Made her Olympic debut on July 27 in Tokyo, placing 16th in the women's individual event • Won a silver medal in the debut of Triathlon Mixed Relay at the Olympic Games, alongside U.S. teammates Katie Zaferes, Kevin McDowell and Morgan Pearson. Knibb is the youngest U.S. triathlete ever to win an Olympic medal.
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Tim O'Donnell Heart Attack
On March 12th, 2021 Tim suffered a heart attack during Challenge Miami. 80% of the main artery in his heart was blocked. Meaning he was only getting 20% of the blood he should have been to his heart. Called the Widow Maker as its the most lethal blockage. Its blockage of the LAD (left anterior descending artery) which is the main artery supplying the heart with blood.
Katie Compton has been banned from cycling for four years, retroactive to September 16, 2020, because of a positive doping test.
In a statement, the cyclocross champion announced that she never knowingly took a banned substance, and she made the decision to retire back in March.
Fifteen-time U.S. national cyclocross champion Katie Compton, 42, has received a four-year suspension on competition from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for a banned substance, the agency announced on August 11.
Compton tested positive for an anabolic agent on an out-of-competition test taken on September 16, 2020.
“Her urine sample was analyzed using a specialized test, known as Carbon Isotope Ratio testing, that differentiates between anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) naturally produced by the body and prohibited anabolic agents of external origin. Anabolic agents have powerful performance-enhancing capabilities and can give an athlete an unfair advantage over fellow competitors,” the USADA statement explained.
Compton’s ban begins retroactively, from the day her positive sample was taken. That means all of her results, race points, and prizes received since September 16, 2020, are forfeit.
Compton released a statement addressing the USADA’s announcement. She said her results for that sample originally came back negative for any banned substances. USADA decided to re-test it after her Athlete Biological Passport (bio-passport) was flagged for an “irregularity.” The second test of the sample came back positive for an anabolic androgenic steroid, Compton said.
“This news comes with great heartache and sadness, and it is the worst possible way to end my cycling career. I need to preface this news with the fact that I have always been a clean athlete, and I am proud of how much I have accomplished racing clean and being very careful with whatever I put into my body, especially after dealing with so many health issues throughout my life.
I provided a sample for USADA in September 2020 that came back negative for any banned substances, it was not even atypical. That news was communicated to me in the same way it has always been via a letter from USADA. I’ve received that same letter after every test I’ve submitted for the last 19 years. In early February of 2021, after returning from a difficult race season, I learned that the same sample from September was re-analyzed due to a bio-passport irregularity and found to be positive for an exogenous anabolic steroid.
This was devastating news to me as I have never intentionally or knowingly put anything like that into my body. I know how delicate women’s hormones are, and I would never choose to take anything to jeopardize my health and, as a result, suffer irreparable damage to my endocrine system. And not only that, I never took anything for ethical and moral reasons; I’ve been a strong proponent of clean sport my entire career and feel doing anything to enhance one’s own natural ability is cheating, full stop.”
Compton also said that she decided to retire in March. You can read her full statement here.
What's New in the 303:
The male winner, Sam Long who grew up a few miles away, capped a perfectly imperfect day by setting a new course record. The temperature, cooler than predicted, helped keep the day from blowing up. The winds and smoke played havoc with some, but they ushered in many stories and memories on a course shared by a recent Olympian, top pro’s and 2,500 age group athletes from all over the country.
Emma Pallant-Browne won the women’s race and moved up six spots in the PTO rankings making her an almost shoe-in for a captains pick (to be announced Thursday) for the upcoming Collins Cup. Not only did she take home $7,500 for winning Saturday, she will make at least $18,000 by making the European Collins Cup team.
Olympian Taylor Knibb’s debut performance at a 70.3 could hardly be called beginners luck finishing second, but she did learn a few things like needing to master the water cup grab; check out this interview with her. It will be interesting if she might be a captains pick for the Collins Cup even though her ranking puts her far out of the field (because she has been racing short, ITU races). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgPCrcBc7eQ
Triple Bypass August 21
Please being a facemask, just in case local requirements change for indoor activity.
You must present your ID. If you are picking up for another individual, you must show a copy (or photo) of their ID. It is no longer possible to change your pickup location.
There are four aid stations along the Triple Bypass. All aid and support locations can be found on this handy Google Map.
There will be a divine mix of sweet and savory snacks, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Loveland aid will have Etai's sandwiches to power you through and Base Hydro will be on course throughout. Special appearance by Eggland's Best!
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