Simon St. Quentin Whitfield (born 16 May 1975 in Kingston, Ontario) is a retired Olympic triathlon champion from Canada. Whitfield won 10 consecutive Canadian Triathlon Championships titles and carried the Canadian national flag during the 2000 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in Sydney, where he had won his gold medal, and the opening ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, making him one of few Canadian athletes to be honoured twice as Olympic flag bearer.
|Full name||Simon St. Quentin Whitfield|
|Born||16 May 1975|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
As a young boy, Whitfield played soccer, until he began with triathlon at age 11, honing his early competitive skills in the Canadian Kids of Steel program. By age 15, he was pursuing triathlon on a serious competitive basis. At present, Whitfield lives in Victoria, British Columbia and maintains his second residence at Salt Spring Island.
Whitfield won a gold medal in the triathlon at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He got up off the ground after he and 14 other riders crashed in the bike race portion of the event and worked his way back near the leaders. In the foot race, he cut down the field one at a time then put on a finishing kick to take the victory. His final time was 1:48:24.02, which until 2012 stood as the fastest Olympic triathlon.
Whitfield was named to the 2008 Summer Olympics team and won a silver medal while competing at his third consecutive games. With a time of 1:48:58, he finished 5 seconds behind the German gold medalist. Whitfield's accomplishment was made even more impressive considering he was a distant fourth behind the lead three runners heading into the final kilometre of the run before he burst forth into the lead with 200 metres remaining. Whitfield, exhausted by his effort to get back into the lead, was then passed by the eventual winner Jan Frodeno of Germany at the end of the race.
Whitfield competed at the 2012 London Olympics in Triathlon. After finishing 15th in the swim Whitfield was riding out of transition in his aero-bars when he was caught off balance going over a speed bump, falling off of his bike and breaking his collar bone, forcing him to drop out of the race. Although disappointed, Whitfield remained composed and tactful, apologizing to a fellow athlete who was involved in the crash. Throughout the Olympics Whitfield continued to defend fellow triathlete and Olympic competitor Paula Findlay from the media when she came last in the women's triathlon in the London games.
Whitfield retired in 2013.
Awards and honoursEdit
- "Athlete Biography - WHITFIELD Simon". Beijing Olympics official website. Archived from the original on 26 August 2008.
- "Whitfield headlines trio named to triathlon team". The Sports Network. The Canadian Press. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2008.
- "Whitfield Wins Silver in Triathlon, Germany Takes Gold". The Sports Network. The Canadian Press. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
- "Roll call: Canada's medal winners". MSN Sympatico. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2008.[dead link]
- "Men's Triathlon". Atos Omega. Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- Dave Feschuk (7 August 2012). "London 2012: Simon Whitfield crashes out of triathlon". Toronto Star. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- Bruce Arthur (5 August 2012). "Canada's Paula Findlay deserves apology for struggling through Olympic triathlon". National Post. Archived from the original on 7 August 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- "Olympic gold medallist Simon Whitfield retires; won at Sydney Games | CTV News". Ctvnews.ca. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- "Simon Whitfield". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
- Simon Whitfield at the Canadian Olympic Committee
- Simon Whitfield at the International Olympic Committee
- Simon Whitfield at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)
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