segunda-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2008

Chrissie Wellington muda novamente de treinador....

Depois de dar com os pés no seu antigo treinador, Brett Sutton e ter anunciado que queria ser treinada por Cliff English, mudou logo de ideias e tem já outro treinador...

Simon Lessing to coach Wellington in 2009

Only a month after announcing plans to train under Cliff English, Ironman world champ opts to train with former ITU world champ

Dec. 14, 2008 -- Two-time defending Ironman world champ Chrissie Wellington has decided to train with Boulder, Colo.-based Simon Lessing, instead of Tucson, Ariz.-based Cliff English. Last week English released the following statement: “After much thought and discussion with Chrissie, we have decided not to pursue a professional coaching relationship for the 2009 season. While it would be an honor to work with Chrissie, after years of traveling with USAT I thought it would be best for myself and my athletes to have a stable base from which to start the next phase of my career. My 2009 focus will be on building my coaching business, with a focus on promoting Tucson, my new home, as a training destination. While I will still be working with a small group of elite athletes, one of my greatest pleasures is helping to develop juniors and age-groupers and hosting triathlon camps. By passing on this wonderful opportunity to train and extensively travel with Chrissie I will be able to focus on helping my other triathletes meet their athletic goals. I look forward to seeing Chrissie race in the 2009 season and we are both open to future collaborations”

Wellington, who is currently training in Argentina, was unable to be reached for a comment, but she released the following statement via her agent this morning: "After much consideration and discussion with Cliff, we have decided not to pursue a professional coaching relationship for 2009. I wish Cliff and everyone connected to his organization all the very best for the future and I will now be working with Simon Lessing and his Boulder Coaching organization."
Lessing, who started Boulder Coaching in 2008, retired from a 23-year triathlon career just months ago. During his two decades in the sport, Lessing won four ITU short-course world titles and one ITU long-course crown. He set a course record at Lake Placid in his Ironman debut in 2004 (8:23:12). Lessing went on to race four more Ironman events during his career. In his two attempts on the Big Island, Lessing did not finish.

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