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.
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