Emma Moffatt: from high school triathlons to the Olympic Games



Heading to her third Olympic Games, Emma Moffatt is Australia’s most capped Olympic triathlete when she lines up at Copacabana Beach on Saturday August 20, 2016 at 11am BRT. Here, we take a look at Moffatt’s triathlete journey and how she arrived at the Olympic Games. 

Having come from a family with a strong sporting background, Moffatt had no choice but to tag along. Exposure to many sports, she developed a wide range of skills including swimming at the age of three, riding bikes with her siblings and running cross-country, and she eventually put them together. After competing in her first triathlon in 1997 in high school, there was no looking back. 


Winning races throughout high school, set her up for her first World Cup in Mooloolaba (2006), where she finished 15th.  Fast forward a few months in 2007 she landed her first World Cup win at Edmonton, a second place at the Tiszaujvaros World Cup and a fourth at the World Championships in Hamburg behind Vanessa Fernandes, Emma Snowsill and the third-placed Laura Bennett. 

Next up were the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where Moffatt recalls the whole Games as an amazing experience, one that saw her return to Australia as an Olympic medalist. Increased confidence and self-belief saw Moffy pick up the 2009 and 2010 ITU World Championships, which she believes was a bigger change for her than anything that happened in her day-to-day life post Olympics. 

“The development of the World Triathlon Series in 2009 made the sport more competitive and every race was more like a world championship race, you couldn’t really dodge people because everyone was always there,” she said.

Four years later it was London that was on Moffatt’s agenda, but she said 2012 was a totally different kettle of fish from Beijing four years earlier. 

“For Beijing I didn’t get early selection but for London I qualified with performances from the year previos. So the whole of 2012 my training was focused on going to the Olympics, so I had a good eight months of preparation,” she said.

“Every race I did from the beginning of the year, every session I did was to ensure that come race day I was in the best form I could be. That was quite an advantage that I didn’t have to peak twice in one year.”

Now, in 2016, everything is geared towards putting in the best performance she can on the tough Rio course, and hopefully conclude a stunning Olympic career with a bang.

How will Moffy fare?

Stay tuned for live coverage of both the men’s and women’s Olympic races right here at www.triathlonmag.com.au.

Good luck to all the athletes!

Read the full article by Noel McMahon in the July 2016 edition of Triathlon Multisport Magazine.


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