Triathlete Ainhoa Murua, in London (Photo: Inigo Mujika)

Triathlete Ainhoa Murua, in London (Photo: Inigo Mujika)

Over the past ten years I have had the great opportunity and the honor of coaching the best female athlete the Basque Country has ever produced. And I say the great opportunity because she was at first a not yet developed triathlete full of potential, but in addition to the necessary natural gifts, she also had an unequalled work ethic. When these two qualities meet in a single athlete, the possibilities of achieving great results multiply, and that was also the case this time: in adition to her 7th place at the 2012 London Olympic Games and her silver medal at the European Championships, she has finished in the top ten of 43 official international races over the years we have worked together. The number of victories and podium finishes at lower level events is of course almost countless.

Having the opportunity to work with such a high level athlete is fantastic for anybody, and that’s the way I see it too. But in the case of the athlete I am talking about it is also an honor. Beyond all her athletic results, the will to work hard she has always shown goes hand in hand with her humble personality; both in sport and in human relationships, she always displays her natural modesty and humility, and these qualities add to her cheerful and agreeable personality. In addition, while some argue that elite sport and academic success are almost incompatible, our girl has a university degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and is soon to finalise her second university degree, in education! Ainhoa Murua, or Supermurua as I like to call her, is much more than an excellent athlete.

Here is a soon to be published scientific paper on the work that Ainhoa did to prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games.

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