A pair of British athletes, Olympic silver (individual) and gold (relay) medalist Georgia Taylor-Brown and multiple Ironman champion Joe Skipper, will be joining the Bahrain Endurance 13 triathlon team in 2022, while one of the founding members, Javier Gomez, will no longer be part of the program. The other athlete who will no longer be part of the program is Vicky Holland.
“I’m very excited to join the Bahrain Endurance 13 team,” says Holland. “This is a group of absolute legends, and I feel honored and very privileged to be part of that team. Winning the silver medal in Tokyo was a massive success and a childhood dream but I’ve still got more to do in triathlon; I’m not finished. And I believe Bahrain Endurance can help me achieve my goals in the years to come. I’m also super excited to head to the Kingdom of Bahrain and get involved in the sports programs taking place there.”
“I’m really pleased to be a part of Bahrain Endurance 13,” says Skipper. “It’s great to have their support as I go into a year with two Ironman World Championships and two PTO Tour events. I’m currently training hard in Spain in preparation for the upcoming season and will be racing at Ironman South Africa at the start of April.”
The two join a team that is filled with some of the biggest names in the sport. This summer two team members, Kristian Blummenfelt and Alistair Brownlee will seek to break the seven-hour mark for a full-distance race. Three-time Kona champion Jan Frodeno and four-time Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf will continue to wear the team logo as they go after another world title in May.
Other members of the team include Paralympic silver medalist and Ironman 70.3 world champion Lauren Parker (AUS), and Ironman 70.3 world champion Holly Lawrence (GBR), “who will debut over the Ironman this year,” according to a release from the team. Another long-time team member, David Plese (SLO), “remains the team’s strongest link to Bahrain, based in Manama and racing Ironmans worldwide.”
“Rounding out the roster of 13, Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) will specialise in World Triathlon and SLT racing, while Vincent Luis (FRA) and Henri Schoeman (RSA) will include some Ironman 70.3 racing in their schedules,” team organizers confirm.