Emma Snowsill will return to race at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Seoul. The Beijing Olympic champion was in recovery after a hip surgery in 2009 when a incapacitating virus struck her. Snowsill was a spectator when compatriot Emma Moffatt won the first Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship title in GoldCoast, Australia.
The young Aussie was absent from triathlon events since June of last year. However, Snowsill is optimistic that she still has a fighting chance for the 2010 world championship crown. “My body feels good, my last couple of weeks training have been very solid, and I’m highly motivated to have a good season following the frustrations I endured with injury last year.”
Looking forward to raise her world ranking, Snowsill sees the remaining six Series events and two World Cup races as her lifeline to victory. “With the big races coming up in Europe and the United States I need to get a race under my belt and Seoul represents a great opportunity to blow out the cobwebs because it’s a relatively short trip and on the same time line.”
Watching the 2010 kick off at the Sydney Opera House last April 11, further motivated Snowsill. “I’m itching to get back on the start line – even though I’m probably only at about 80 percent in terms of race-ready fitness…By being a little more patient and using Seoul as a stepping stone, I’m hoping to be at peak fitness when the focus shifts to the big European races and the Hy-Vee Elite Cup in the States in June.”
Other athletes to watch out for the upcoming triathlon in Seoul are Moffatt, Barbara Riveros Diaz, who won the opener in Sydney and Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand.