Brent McMahon Makes London Team After Missing Beijing

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  • Published Jun 14, 2012
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For Brent McMahon the last four years have been the roller coaster ride of all roller coaster rides.

Passed over by Triathlon Canada for a berth on Canada’s 2008 Olympic triathlon team, the now 31-year-old McMahon was named to the 2012 edition Tuesday along with Victoria’s Simon Whitfield, Kyle Jones of Oakville, Ont., Edmonton’s Paula Findlay and Montreal’s Kathy Tremblay.

“It’s been a fantastic but challenging couple of years,” McMahon said Tuesday.

No kidding. The road from Beijing to London has been an obstacle course.

It all started when Triathlon Canada named the lower-ranked Colin Jenkins to the 2008 Olympic team so he could serve as a ‘domestique’ for Whitfield. McMahon appealed the selection process and lost. Whitfield went on to win a silver medal.

McMahon recovered from that disappointment and had a career best 2009 season only to suffer a career-threatening knee injury in 2010 that would end up sidelining him for 18 months. He was then dropped from the national team.

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