In case you missed it Simon Whitfield took home the gold in a 5-way sprint at the Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup today. The Hy-Vee is the biggest payday in triathlon at $200,000 to the winner and it attracts all of the best athletes.
Simon had to outsprint the 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist (Jan Frodeno), the 2008 World Champion (Javier Gomez) and two of triathlon's top sprinters - Bran Kahlefeldt and Kris Gemmell.
As Canadian triathletes we need to really pay attention right now because Simon is our Wayne Gretzky. We won't always have a threat to win the big races, we won't always have someone in the hunt with 1km to go... Enjoy these times. I know one day I'll be sitting in a rocking chair telling my grandkids about Simon Whitfield.
I'm not saying our up and coming Canadian athletes don't look good... quite the opposite - they look great - even out there today!
Simon, however, is one-of-a-kind.