Triathlon Canada announced its Female Olympic team last week, Carolyn Murray and Kathy Tremblay were selected to join previously qualified Lauren Groves.
On the women’s side, all three will be making their Olympic debuts as they gun for a medal in Beijing.
Groves qualified for the team based on 2007 results of a top-8 finish at a world cup event and a top-16 result at the 2007 world championships, while Murray and Tremblay were nominated to the team for submission to the Canadian Olympic Committee by Triathlon Canada’s selection committee.
After struggling with injuries for a good part of 2008, Groves, 26, won the silver medal at the 2008 Mazatlan PATCO Pan American Championships and finished 13th at both the Tongyeong and Richards Bay World Cups. She placed eighth at the world cup events in Edmonton and Vancouver and was 14th at the 2007 world championships. She reached a career-high world cup ranking of third after the 2006 Edmonton world cup and again after the 2006 world championships where she placed seventh and fourth respectively. Groves currently sits 46th on the world cup rankings.
Murray, 31, had the best race of her career at the Richards Bay BG Triathlon World Cup in South Africa this past May, finishing first to capture her first world cup gold medal. The win allowed her to crack the top-10 of the World Cup rankings, although she currently sits at number 17. Murray also had a top-20 finish at the New Plymouth world cup this year and in 2007, she had three top-15 world cup performances. She finished 24th at the world championships in Vancouver this past weekend.
Tremblay, 25, is the top-ranked Canadian in the world cup rankings at number 14, largely thanks to two impressive world cup races this past spring. She raced her way to a fifth-place finish at Ishigaki in April and followed that up with a fourth-place performance at Richards Bay in May. Tremblay won her first world cup medal in Mazatlan, Mexico in 2006 where she won bronze. The 2007 Canadian Champion was also the top Canadian at the world championships on the weekend, placing 21st.
This marks the first time Canada has qualified to send a team of six triathletes to the Olympic Games. Only four other countries – the U.S., New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland – qualified to send both three men and three women to Beijing.