The official podcast of World Triathlon brings you weekly stories and insights from the world's top triathletes and coaches, including World Champions, Olympic hopefuls and the new faces breaking out onto the world scene .
#86 BREAKTHROUGHS OF '23: MARTA KROPKO
We continue our look back at some of the names breaking out in 2023 and with ambitions set fully on Paris in the company of Hungary’s exciting talent Marta Kropko.
Still only 20 years old, this season saw Marta cement her place in the Hungarian Mixed Relay squad after what was a tough debut in Leeds in 2022, this time helping the team to 5th place at the World Championships in Hamburg, 3rd at the European Games Krakow and now suddenly eyeing an Olympic qualification spot that would guarantee two men and two women on the Paris start lines.
The U23 Aquathlon World Champion after winning in Ibiza, Marta scored a first World Cup top 10 in Weihai in August and is now hunting a first WTCS start in 2024, all fitting around an Economics degree in which she is in her third year at Budapest University.
#85 BREAKTHROUGHS OF '23: CATHIA SCHAR
With a huge Olympic year ahead it is the perfect time to look back at some of the younger names that made an impact in 2023 and suddenly have Olympic places in their sights.
We get underway with 22-year-old Cathia Schar, who anchored the Swiss Team to Mixed Relay World Championship bronze in Hamburg, took 4th place in the U23 World Championships Pontevedra and then crushed her first World Cup podium with bronze in Rome.
Currently 33rd in the Olympic Rankings, Paris 2024 is suddenly a very real prospect for both the individual and mixed relay, so we get to grips with the journey there, overcoming self-doubt and proclivity for a party to emerge from the COVID years as a new force in Swiss triathlon.
#84 HUGO MILNER
He has only been in the sport for two years, but at 6'4" tall and with his first World Cup win already secured in Miyazaki, could Hugo Milner be the Next Big Thing in British Triathlon? He honed his run skills in Harvard, his swimming in Nottingham and his bike handling in Derby, and it looks like the fist test of a WTCS start line could be heading his way in 2024.
#83 D O R I A N _ C O N I N X | 2023 World Champion
In 2013, Dorian Coninx became Junior World Champion in London, beating two rising British talents on their own patch. A decade later, the Frenchman went into the 2023 World Triathlon Championship Finals as a long-shot title prospect, fifth in the rankings, the much-fancied Alex Yee and Hayden Wilde among those ahead of him. Once again, the underdog title suited him down to the ground, but now Coninx must prepare for a home Olympics in Paris next year as the new World Champion and the name on everyone's lips. He has learned and matured enormously since the dark days of his Rio 2016 campaign, but how will the 29-year-old cope with going into Paris as a favourite?
#82 B E T H _ P O T T E R | 2023 World Champion
In September, Great Britain's Beth Potter capped a phenomenal year with a World Championship-winning display in Pontevedra. With her 2024 Olympic Games place now also booked thanks to that title and victory in the Test Event, Potter now has the freedom to plan her perfect Paris build up. Tune in for a revealing 45 minutes in her company as she dissects life on and off the blue carpet, including pre-race insomnia, post-race elation and how she plotted her way past Cassandre Beaugrand to become world champ at the 2023 Championship Finals.
#81 WTCS Hamburg recap: Lauren Fisher Crossfit legend
Could Vincent Luis be a CrossFit Champion? Who are the ultimate athletes - triathletes or CrossFitters? Could you row a marathon?
Hailing from San Diego, California, Lauren Fisher is a 7 x CrossFit Games athlete and former Junior national weightlifting champion in the US who tuned in to the world of CrossFit from a young age initially to help with her basketball training. The multi-dimensional fitness competitions soon took over as her sport of choice, however, and after a decade competing at the top level, she now also runs her own signature fitness programmes and retreats for those looking for a slice of the Lauren lifestyle. Lauren hit her first Olympic distance triathlon in Hamburg's open races and thinks there could be more crossover potential between the sports.
Listeners can receive a 50% discount for Lauren's Grown Strong fitness programme for women using the code worldtriathlon