Alastair Brownlee is the reigning double triathlon Olympic champion having won gold at the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Olympic Games. This is made most remarkable by the fact that injury meant that he sat out most of the competitions leading up to the Games whilst he trained to regain fitness. In addition his brother Jonny is a main rival but training partner. The pressure to succeed is intensified by having his younger brother Jonny as his main rival.
Triathletes are men who have perfected three disciplines. Be it with biking, running, or swimming, no feat is impossible to overcome. Alistair is a particularly interesting champion, not only because he is a triathlon world record holder but also because he has seamlessly blended brotherhood and sportsmanship. At the World Championship Series in 2011, his younger sibling, Jonny, brought home the bronze medal while he, the gold. They crossed the finish line with an arm over each other’s shoulder. In 2012 despite being the Olympic champion it was his younger brother who reversed the roles and won the World Series.
In September 2016 at the seasons final World Cup Race in Cozumel, Mexico his brother Jonny was leading with 200 metres to go. A win for brother Jonny would have meant him winning the overall World Cup Series and been crowned 2016 World Champion. Jonny collapsed and Alistair the Olympic Champion who was behind his brother unselfishly grabbed him and dragged him over the line. Alistair could have left his brother and taken first place but in picking up his younger brother they allowed the South African Olympic Bronze medallist to pass them and the brothers crossed the line arm in arm in joint second place. This was picked up by the world’s media as one of the greatest ever acts of sportsmanship.
Alistair’s first win was in 2008 when he was awarded the U23 World Champion in Madrid. From then on, he continued to pluck trophies and medals from competitions all over the world. In 2009 he was crowned World Champion at 21 years old. Injury setbacks at the beginning of 2010 did not stop him from training and his persistence paid off well. He eventually claimed two ITU World Championship Series victories in Madrid, and at the season finale in Budapest, as well as at the ETU Triathlon European Championships. As an Olympic champion speaker Ali can now motivate aspiring young athletes to push forward, highlighting key values such as sportsmanship and discipline.
It takes years for someone to make a name for himself and Alistair has certainly reached that status today. His personal experiences reveal a simple formula for success: if you fall, you simply have to get back up. More importantly, Alistair has demonstrated that you can be your rival’s biggest fan. He still competes with brother Jonny without compromising their bond as buddies, brothers, and colleagues. Alistair is also currently studying for an MSc in Finance at Leeds Met University.
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