Mark Sutcliffe, The Ottawa Citizen
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Simon Whitfield seems like a mild-mannered guy. During an interview while visiting Ottawa this week, he answered questions enthusiastically and candidly. He smiled a lot. His face brightened when he talked about his four-month-old daughter. He was funny and self-deprecating.
But you didn't see Simon Whitfield while he was training.
"I'm an emotional trainer," says Whitfield, the gold medallist in the 2000 Olympic triathlon.
And he doesn't just mean he's intense and likes to train hard. "No, I've had my shoving matches at the track," says Whitfield. "And Colin Jenkins and I tried to drown each other one time."
According to Whitfield, he and Jenkins, also an elite Canadian triathlete, bumped into each other a few times during a training exercise in the pool.
"We were each 150 pounds soaking wet, so it was a pathetic fight," says Whitfield. "And we were laughing about it five minutes later."
More at the Ottawa Citizen
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