Canadian pro has her sights set on London 2012.
Her slight frame and unassuming demeanor hide a fierce desire and ambition to compete and win.
And that’s exactly what Paula Findlay, the top-ranked women’s triathlete in the world, has done in taking all three events so far this season in the Dextro Energy ITU World Championship Series after winning two last year.
There is no Canadian female athlete setting a more torrid pace internationally this spring and summer in any sport than this 22 year-old from Edmonton who lives and trains in Victoria.
And now comes the inevitable question: Can she keep it going through to the 2012 London Summer Olympics?
“[London a year out] is adding to the intensity and this season is a bit crazier and more hectic with all the added media attention I’ve been receiving,” said Findlay, who broke camp in Victoria on Tuesday and headed to Edmonton for a hometown ITU World Cup race on Sunday.
“It’s surprised me a bit. But it’s about finding balance,” added Findlay, about the sudden demands on her time.
Not that being world No. 1 doesn’t have its compensations.
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