Olympic RelayOlympic Relay: Paula Findlay, Triathlon

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 02:28 PM

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Canadian athletes are a fascinating breed of focused men and women who know what they want to achieve. We see them as they compete, and then they disappear from our view.

Here's a place where you have a chance to meet them in a way that illustrates their personalities. Their likes, their dislikes and what makes them tick. We call this the Olympic Relay and here's how it works.

A few months ago we had the idea of sending five questions to a selected group of Olympic athletes. We started with Olympic kayaker and medal hopeful Adam van Koeverden and asked for his feedback. He responded by saying it's a good idea, but it could be better? He suggested that we get athletes to ask questions of other athletes. Something like chain mail. And that is what we have tried to do.

For the past few months they have been asking questions of some of their fellow athletes who have generously taken the time to respond. Click on the images above and you'll discover the questions, and the answers. Enjoy!

Paula Findlay of Canada reacts as she runs toward the finish line tape to win the Elite Womens race during the Triathlon ITU World Championships at Hyde Park in London July 24, 2010.  (Adrian  Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) Paula Findlay of Canada reacts as she runs toward the finish line tape to win the Elite Womens race during the Triathlon ITU World Championships at Hyde Park in London July 24, 2010. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

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As one of the founders of this concept Adam van Koeverden had questions for a woman who during the last couple of years was the best women's triathlete in the world. Her name is Paula Findlay.


In 2010 she won five separate events, including the ITU World Championships. Such a streak is unheard of in her sport.

Paula Findlay

Hometown:  Edmonton

Sport:  Triathlon


As one of the founders of this concept Adam van Koeverden had questions for a woman who during the last couple of years was the best women's triathlete in the world. Her name is Paula Findlay.


In 2010 she won five separate events, including the ITU World Championships. Such a streak is unheard of in her sport.


In 2011 she won the first three events and was ranked first in the world.  Then she had a hip injury. It will be interesting to see how she does at the Olympics.


The questions are from Adam van Koeverden. 


Her Olympic Event:

  • Women's Triathlon


Adam: 

You were born on May 26th, so you share a birthday with the singer Lenny Kravitz, Canadian minister of foreign affairs John Baird, and Swedish Olympic swimming champion Lars Arne Frölander (100m Fly, Sydney 2000). Of those three, and you, who do you think would win in an equally weighted triathlon of Rock n Roll, Swimming, and Foreign Affairs-ing? (The latter involves staying in pretty nice hotels, travelling a lot, and shaking hands at fancy events, kind of like being an athlete...)


Paula:

I think the swimming champ would win because the other two might not survive the swim portion. I also know swimmers to be quite the party animals so Rock n Roll and Foreign Affairs-ing would be no problem. Athletes are the most competitive people on earth so the swimmer definitely has a head-up on the other two. (ps this is a weird question AVK). 

   

Adam:  

What is your favourite thing for breakfast? In 2011 the Edmonton Sun reported that you are not a coffee drinker, if you care to address this, and yes, you can use this question to brag about being on a cereal box...

 

Paula: 

Cereal with almond milk and a banana is my go-to breakfast. General Mills has kindly put me on the box of Reese Puffs but sadly this is not my go-to cereal. I would, however, highly recommend them to anyone [in moderation] because they are delicious. I'm a newly converted coffee addict and I can't go a morning without it. 

 

Adam:  

Do you like being the underdog or the favourite better? Why?

 

Paula:

Being an underdog is fun because of the element of surprise if you do well. There's very little pressure and it's an awesome feeling to exceed people's expectations. You can only be an underdog for a few races and if you start winning then you suddenly become a favourite. It comes with more stress and pressure, but this is actually a good thing. Being a favourite means you've been a winner and are likely to be a winner again, and winning is what it's all about. So I'd rather be a favourite any day. 

 

Adam: 

What is your spirit animal? What about spirit-fruit, do you have a spirit-fruit or spirit-vegetable?

 

Paula: 

Not quite sure what a spirit animal is, but maybe dogs. I'm definitely a dog person. They're always happy and loving, and their happiness is contagious. My favourite food in the world is apples so that's my spirit-fruit. I eat so many carrots every day that my skin is turning orange. They are my spirit-vegetable. 

 

Adam:  

What's one thing that you didn't or wouldn't or couldn't do in the pre-Olympic year that you are going to do a lot of in the post-Olympic year?

 

Paula: 

Skiing in the mountains, spending time in Canmore, running in trails and lots of outdoorsy things that I didn't do much of last year. My pre-Olympic year was quite stressful with rehabbing an injury and constantly worrying about being healthy to compete in August. I'm looking forward to NOT worrying about this anymore. I love the excitement and pressure that comes with the Olympics and makes it such a special event but I'll definitely be more relaxed when it's all over. 


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