Leanda Cave has been competing in triathlons since 1994. She began her triathlon career at the Olympic distance and gradually made her way to dominating long course triathlon. In 2001 Leanda became European Under- 23 champion. A year later she would break through at the international level as she won the silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. She won another silver medal at the European Championships, then had greater success when she took the gold and the World title in Cancun, Mexico in November 2002. In 2002 she was nominated for the Welsh Sports Personality of the Year Award, a feat that she repeated in 2012. In 2012 Leanda was also named as one of the “World’s Fittest Women” by CNN. This is quite a recognition as 2012 was also an Olympic year.
Women Fitness joins the superbly talented triathlete for an interesting conversation!
You were the 2012 Ironman Triathlon and Ironman 70.3 World Champion, the first woman in the history of the sport to win both titles in the same year. What attracted you towards triathlon as a sport, if you were to sum up in a few words?
It was a combination of an organic progression from the sports I was introduced to as a kid (swimming and running) as well as seeing my sister compete in a triathlon. She was a my role model and I kind of tried everything she did. When I beat her, she decided to do a different sport and I kept up with triathlon. At the time, I was also exposed to triathlon on TV in Australia, and like any kid, I wanted to emulate these professional athletes.
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