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Kirsten Sweetland named in triathlon to Team Canada heading to Rio

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Twenty-seven-year-old Victoria triathlete Kirsten Sweetland, known amongst the tri crowd as “Sweets” was selected by Triathlon Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee on Wednesday to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

"It's been 10 years since I first started seriously chasing the Olympics. I guess the third time is a charm!" said Sweetland. "I'm so excited to have made this far over some pretty crazy obstacles and I can't wait to represent Canada in the big show!"

Sweetland rose to the top of the world stage as a teenage phenom, then suffered through injuries before making a comeback last year and will be ready to take on the triathlon world in Rio.

She grew up in Nanaimo, but spends part of the year training Victoria with the national team, who are one of 12 national teams to call Victoria home.

In 2006 she was the World Junior ITU Champion and by 2010 the U-23 world champion. She seems to have the ability to peak well as she has come into form nicely each year to win or podium in big races including a World Cup in 2009 and a silver medal during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Triathlon Canada also named, Amelie Kretz and Sarah-Anne Brault to round out the three-woman team as well as two men in Tyler Mislawchuck and Andrew Yorke.

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