When you’re good, you’re good… and you don’t win two World Championship triathlon titles in two separate disciplines unless you’re seriously good. Helena Erbenova did just that this year, which is why she features in our “Best of 2013” moments.
The Czech athlete made a name for herself last season when she doubled up on world crowns in both winter and cross triathlon in her first season as an ITU registered athlete. She also captured the European Triathlon Championship title in winter triathlon, making her undefeated for the season.
That’s impressive stuff on its own. But it’s even more bona fide when she repeated the feat this year. Erbenova started the year with a second place at the ETU championships, but less than a month later she bounced back to reclaim her winter triathlon gold in a line to line leading performance, winning by a whopping four minutes.
Then in July Erbenova proved she’s just as good in summer as she is in winter when she defended her cross triathlon championship. In The Hague, Erbenova destroyed the competition even more than in her winter triathlon performance, as she biked down stairs and ran across sand to her consecutive world title five minutes faster than the field. Like we said, when you’re good, you’re good and Helena Erbenova is seriously good.
London Olympic champion Nicola Spirig couldn't have fit much more in post-London if she tried, with a wedding and then a baby, but just seven months later she was right back at the top of the podium in Cozumel.
After a series of missed medals, Rob Woestenborghs blew up the duathlon this year, becoming responsible for two "Best of" moments in the 2013 multisport season.
The 2013 season was loaded with "best of" moments that make you sit back and marvel at the amount of talent and dedication of ITU athletes. We look back at all the impressive performances from the year.
Czech Republic’s Helena Erbenova stormed to victory to claim gold medal in the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships at The Hague-Kijkduin, adding to her Winter Triathlon title she won earlier this year.
Reigning champions Helena Erbenova and Pavel Andreev defended their world championship titles at the 2013 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in Cogne, Italy.
Russia's Pavel Andreev claimed his second ITU world title, while the Czech Republic's Helena Erbenova her first at the 2012 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in Jamijarvi, Finland.