Paula Findlay

Position: CAN, Age 28

Findlay became the first Canadian triathlete to win a World Championship Series event on the Hyde Park course in London, England. She then matched that performance and was the only female athlete to win back-to-back in 2010 when she hopped onto the top step of the podium at the next race in Kitzbuhel, Austria. The Edmontonian carried her success into the 2011 season where she won the first three World Championship Series races of the season – Sydney, Madrid and Kitzbuhel. At age 21 and she was ranked No. 1 in the world. She competed in the 2012 London Olympics for Canada. After years of struggling with injury, she is working her way back up to her previous form, and looks forward to mixing in some non-draft races along with ITU in 2017.

Fun Facts: Before she became a triathlete, Findlay was a dancer for 14 years. Her favorite foods are apple, chocolate and peanut butter. And the furthest she has ever traveled for a race is Beijing when she competed in the 2011 ITU Grand Final.

Lauren Goss

Position: USA, Age 27

Goss is going on her 6th year of racing as a professional triathlete. She resides in Boulder, CO and trains under Simon Lessing and Darren DeReuck. This year, Goss returns to Beijing hot off a first place finish at the 2017 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. She previously won the Beijing International Triathlon in 2015.

Fun Facts: Goss is a plant-based athlete who loves everything homemade. She likes to experiment – currently, making her own almond milk and nut cheeses. Her races take her around the world, and she collects a piece of artwork from each new place she visits for her house.

Mengying Zhong

Position: CHN, Age 27

Zhong is set to race in her second Beijing International Triathlon. A fan favorite, she took up triathlons in 2010 and joined the PLA Triathlon Team a year later. In 2016, Zhong placed second at the Weihai ITU Long Distance Triathlon. She has raced strong this year; capturing first place finishes at two China Triathlon League races in Sui Xian and Beidaihe.

Fun Facts: Zhong is a self-proclaimed foodie. When she isn’t training, she plays video games to relax. She met current boyfriend through triathlon.

Anneke Jenkins

Position: NZL, Age 28

Relatively new to the sport of triathlon, this will be Jenkins’ first Beijing International Triathlon and one of her first non-drafting races. She placed second at the 2016 Madrid ETU Triathlon European Cup and third at the 2015 Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup.

Fun Facts: Before becoming a professional triathlete, Jenkins was a breaststroke swimmer and studied graphic design. When she isn’t racing, she loves experimenting with recipes in the kitchen and creating healthy treats. Her favorite foods are chocolate, homemade granola, almonds and coffee.
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Leanne Szeto Shiu Yan

Position: HKG, Age 26

Leanne heads to China for her first-ever Beijing International Triathlon. This race follows a busy summer of races including the 2017 Palembang ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships and the 2017 Sokcho ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup. She was part of the Hong Kong National Triathlon Team, in 2006, and is currently transitioning to a professional Half-IRONMAN triathlete.

Fun Facts: As a young girl, she had a special love for ballet. She started racing in triathlons at age 13.
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Henri Schoeman

Position: RSA, Age 25

The South African triathlete is set to compete in his first Beijing International Triathlon. Last summer, Schoeman took home the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, South Africa’s first Olympic medal in the sport. He also won gold at the 2016 ITU Grand Final in Cozumel. Most recently, Schoeman placed second at the 2017 Cape Town ITU Triathlon World Cup.

Fun Facts: When Schoeman isn’t racing in triathlons, you can find him flying his drone and making videos. His favorite treat is s’mores and he enjoys having tea with his girlfriend and spending time with their pet rabbit.

Ben Shaw

Position: IRL, Age 25

For the first time ever, Ireland will be represented in the field of professional triathletes at the Beijing International Triathlon. Shaw’s 2016 race schedule included more than 10 triathlons, spanning several countries and multiple continents including an eighth place finish at the Devonport OTU Triathlon Oceania Championshups and a sixth place finish at the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup.

Fun Facts: He is a black belt in Taekwondo, as well as the 2010 World Junior Aquathlon. When Shaw isn’t racing, you might find the self-proclaimed movie addict watching a film.

Eric Lagerstrom

Position: USA, Age 27

The 2015 Beijing International Triathlon Champion returns for a third straight year. Last year, he placed third at both the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and Beijing International Triathlon, along with a third place finish at the Montreal World Cup. His ambitious 2017 race schedule includes more than 15 races.

Fun Facts: Lagerstrom started racing when he was 12 and his first triathlon bike was $15.

Cameron Dye

Position: USA, Age 33

The Colorado native returns to China for his second straight Beijing International Triathlon. He won the Lifetime Fitness Series Championship in 2012, 2013 and 2014, in addition to capturing a bronze medal as part of Team USA in the 2013 ITU Team World Championships. Last year, Dye placed third at the Beijing International Triathlon.

Fun Facts: His favorite food is sushi. His favorite hobby is spending time outdoors with his children.

Zhou Fang

Position: CHN, Age 32

Fang started his career as a professional swimmer before transitioning into the sport of triathlon. In 2011, he placed second at the World Military Games Triathlon Mix Team Relay, and went on to place on the podium at several ITU triathlon races, in China.

Fun Facts: Fang is passionate about sharing his triathlon training experience with the Chinese community. In an effort to grow the sport, he operates a popular triathlon account on WeChat to share training tips and race recommendations.

Ryan Fisher

Position: AUS, Age 26

The Australian triathlete heads to Fengtai for his first-ever Beijing International Triathlon. Fisher represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics where he placed 24th overall, and earlier this year he raced in the ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast.

Fun Facts: His favorite foods are chocolate mint ice cream and pizza. He loves living and training in Girona, Spain. And his favorite hobby is surfing in places that are quiet and secluded.
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