Alistair Brownlee – Yorkshire’s Olympic Champion

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee with their Olympic medals.

On Tuesday 7th August 2012, Yorkshire’s Alistair Brownlee won a brilliant Olympic triathlon gold as younger brother Jonny took bronze. It was Great Britain’s 19th gold medal of the Games and Yorkshire’s 5th. This iron man from Horsforth on the outskirts of Leeds is the World No 1 Triathlete: the running-cycling-swimming discipline that ordinary mortals would do best to avoid. Alistair trains in Wharfedale and the surrounding moors, and uses gyms, running tracks and swimming pools in Leeds. Below, in this small extract from our This is Y publication, Brownlee talks about his love of Yorkshire.

What’s special about living in Yorkshire?

“ I’m extremely fortunate that I live in an area that inspires me to train and enjoy it. The combination of superb countryside and excellent urban facilities is unique. You can cycle from the centre of Leeds to the middle of nowhere in well under an hour. The same view that I’ve seen a million times never fails to amaze me and the scenery changes with the seasons and the weather. I’m convinced that the characters also make it a very special place.”

Hardest thing to resist?

“ The best thing about triathlon is that you can eat almost everything. I love fish and chips and have some most weeks. The odd pint of Black Sheep doesn’t go amiss either.”

What are your celebration plans?

“ At home with my friends and family… in Yorkshire, of course!”

Brownlee was educated at Bradford Grammar School,a co-educational independent school in the city of Bradford in Yorkshire. After school, Brownlee decided to go to the University of Leeds, where he gained a degree in Sports Science and Physiology in 2010. Alistair and his brother Jonathan have dominated the triathlon in recent years and, aged 24 and 22 respectively, it looks like they will continue to do so for a long time to come.

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