2013 XTERRA World Champ, Nicky Samuels Announces Retirement

Former XTERRA World Champion, and two time Olympian, Nicky Samuels announced her pregnancy and retirement from elite triathlon today.

At the 2013 XTERRA World Championship Samuels held off 2011-12 defending World Champ, Lesley Paterson and soon to be 2014-16 triple XTERRA World Champ, Flora Duffy on her way to claiming her first and only off-road triathlon World Championship.

Samuels broke the new via the press release below, hopefully we will see her back on the trails at some point.

Nicky Samuels
Nicky Samuels Wins XTERRA World Champs 2013

Two-time Olympian and professional triathlete Nicky Samuels has today announced that she will be retiring from international triathlon to prepare for the arrival of her first child due in August of this year.

Samuels attended the London and Rio Olympic Games competing in the individual triathlon along with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games as an individual and in the team’s race where the New Zealand team narrowly missed out on a medal.

Samuels’ career has been highlighted over many years including world championship medals, world triathlon series medals, world cup medals, an off-road triathlon world championship title, an aquathlon world title, New Zealand elite cycling champion & triathlon national champion as well as many podium finishes for her pro team in France TCG-79 who she captained in the last few years.

She was ranked inside the top 5 triathletes in the world rankings in 2014 and has also won bucket list races like the ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ triathlon, the ‘Alp du Hez’ triathlon and of course the Xterra (off road) triathlon world championships in Maui, Hawaii.

Samuels will remain in New Zealand this winter based out of her hometown Wanaka where she will launch her triathlon coaching business and spend time close to family and friends




Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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