Olympic Triathlon Champion | Canadian Olympic Flag Bearer
Simon Whitfield’s easy smile and exuberance has endeared him to Canadians across the country. After winning a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia, Simon used his relentless drive to deliver another memorable performance and win a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and be chosen as flag bearer for the 2012 Olympic Games. Now retired from Olympic competition, Simon nevertheless continues to inspire through his engaging talks and appearances.
Simon’s gold medal win in the triathlon at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia is one of the most memorable performances by an individual athlete in Olympic Games’ history. Prior to the race, Simon ranked 13th in the world and had not won a triathlon in over a year. During the competition, a 15-man bike crash forced Whitfield to stop, but he eventually worked his way toward the leaders. He started the foot race in 24th and, in a stunning finish, passed his competition in the last 200 metres to win the gold. His final time still stands as the fastest Olympic triathlon ever.
In addition to his Olympic titles, Simon also hold the titles to 12 Canadian championships and 14 world cup victories, making him one of the sport’s most respected and revered athletes.
Simon’s commitment to sportsmanship extends beyond the race course. He recognizes that with results come responsibilities, and he supports numerous charities and is an ambassador for Right to Play, an organization that aids disadvantaged youth through sport and activity.