A DREAM REALISED
Rio Olympic Games 2016 New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt was always a consistently strong presence on the ITU circuit, clocking 41 podiums and 11 race wins since winning the U23 ITU world title in 2005. But heartbreak struck late in 2015, when Hewitt’s coach and fiancé, Laurent Vidal, another pillar of the racing scene, passed away during his sleep. Yet Hewitt refused to let the tragedy of his death stop her – and his – dream of performing strongly in Rio. She swiftly returned to several ITU podiums before placing an emotional seventh in Rio.