At the start of 201, it was ridiculous to think that Paula Findlay would end the season without a place on the World Championship podium. After the triple gold, this was the forced question: can someone stop Findlay? And something happened, it was an injury that interrupted her unstoppable march towards the title of World Champion.
In Sydney, the opening event of the 2011 season, all eyes were on the Australian Emmas, Emma Moffatt and Emma Snowsill. But it was finally Findlay who seized the opportunity and sprinted past Barbara Riveros Diaz and won the opening gold.
Eight weeks later, the series headed to Madrid, with many hoping that the anomalies in Sydney would normalize and that Moffatt and Snowsill would regain their regular podium positions. However, Findlay gifted us with what would be his best and most comprehensive performance to date.
In Madrid, Paula left the water in fifth place, four seconds behind the first, and then pedaled among the leaders throughout the tough cycling circuit, where she even led the pack on several occasions. In the running stage, the athlete took the lead. Helen Jenkins was the only one who was with her the longest but she couldn't keep up with the pace set by the Canadian athlete, who in the final meters sped up and crossed the finish line first.
“Madrid was my best race of the year,” Findlay said in Beijing, reflecting on his season. “I swam wonderfully, felt fabulous on the bike and raced with my soul, it was the best of my season so far. It leaves me with very good memories and now it is my favorite race, my favorite circuit. "
And Findlay addressed Kitzbuehel as the new star of triathlon. For the youthful humility that characterizes her, and for showing that she has the ability to compete in the big leagues, all eyes were now on her.