Isabelle Turcotte-Baird vows she'll provide a much better performance in
Sydney at the Olympics than earlier this year in Perth, Australia at the
world championships. Turcotte-Baird failed to finish the race, however, in
her defence it was a fifth competition in six weeks. During the period she
also suffered food poisoning. A few weeks before the worlds she qualified
for the Olympics by posting a career best seventh place finish at a World
Cup meet in Brazil.
"One of my big goals at the Olympics is be closer to the lead after the
opening swimming leg," said Turcotte-Baird who was a provincial level
swimmer but specialized in the butterfly and breaststroke. "I feel I'm
pretty even in all three disciplines in the triathlon (swimming, biking and
running). I just want to be at my peak for the Olympic race. A lot of
things can happen in a triathlon race and there can be surprises."
Turcotte-Baird started to train for the triathlon seriously at the age of
20 after she tore her knee up two years earlier while skiing. She has
been married to Ian Baird for five years. The pair met in an eight
kilometre race in Newfoundland in 1992.
Isabelle Turcotte Baird, Quebec City, was 31st in final
Turcotte-Baird places 31st
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