This was a massive year for 30-year-old Bermudian Flora Duffy.
After a slightly disappointing eighth-place finish in Rio in 2016, Duffy went on a World Triathlon Series (WTS) winning streak that stretched from the 2016 Grand Final in Cozumel to the 2017 Grand Final in Rotterdam in September with only a “hiccup” of a second place at WTS Montreal in August.
After taking her second-straight ITU World Championship title, Duffy then went on to claim her fourth consecutive XTERRA World Championship crown in October.
Roughly a month after winning the star-studded Island House Invitational Triathlon in November, Duffy married South African fiance (and former XTERRA pro) Dan Hugo near Cape Town on December 16th.
This year also saw everything come full circle for Duffy, she had her former school Warwick Academy renamed their Swimming facility after her and had no small hand in welcoming the first WTS event to Bermuda in 2018.
“The course being along Front Street in Hamilton is very special for me,” said Duffy, in a press release about the inaugural WTS in her home country. “This is where I started, in the Front Street Mile at nine-years-old, and I was inspired to compete internationally. To be competing as the world champion on home soil, is a feeling that’s hard to express.”