Any questions we might have had about whether or not Flora Duffy would continue her short-course career in 2022 were answered today by her “home” newspaper, Bermuda’s Royal Gazette, which reported that the Olympic and three-time world champion would be starting her season at the World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) Yokohama in May.
“That will be my first race and then from there, it’s kind of pretty busy racing from May through to November,” she told the newspaper, “So I’m going to enjoy these few months that I have right now to just train and be in one place before a busy year of racing kicks off in May.”
Duffy, 34, is coming off a record setting year in which she took her third world title and became, the first woman to win Olympic gold and a world championship in the same year. She won WTCS Abu Dhabi, the second race in the eight-race 2022 WTCS series last November, then took her sixth straight Xterra world title to wrap up an incredible year.
Duffy sits third in the WTCS rankings with 1,000 points behind Summer Rappaport (USA) and Laura Lindemann (GER).
In addition to her athletic accolades last year, Duffy was named a Dame Commander of the British Empire, ranked 11th on the Sports Illustrated top-50 best-conditioned athletes and “was listed by The World Economic Forum as one of nine women who made history in 2021,” according to the Royal Gazette.