Olympics will make Lucy Hall ‘mentally stronger’
29 June 2012
Loughborough University’s Lucy Hall will emerge from the London 2012 Olympics ‘mentally stronger’, according to the university’s triathlon coach Gavin Smith.
Lucy, 20, has been selected for Team GB for the triathlon alongside Loughborough University graduate Vicky Holland and Helen Jenkins.
Lucy has been selected to try and help Jenkins win the gold medal.
Gavin said: “Lucy is there to help Helen, who is the favourite for the gold medal.
“She has been selected to help her cause and she has the skills set to do that.
“She is there to have a really hard swim and make it difficult for the other girls, and do as much work on the bike as she can.
“Lucy has to shelter her as much as possible on the bike. It’s like a domestique in cycling for say Mark Cavendish, who gets him in the right place at the right time, with as little energy expended as possible.
“She had a World Cup event in Spain a week ago and she led out of the water. That was a good tester for her and it shows she is in good shape.
“It will be a huge learning experience for her. Rio (2016 Olympics) was always the goal for her, so the London Olympics is a bonus. She will come out a lot mentally stronger.”
Vicky, who is 26 and more experienced, has had numerous top 10 positions over the last few years at World Championships Series races, and earned her place with a fifth and seventh in San Diego and Madrid respectively in the run up to selections being made.
Stuart Hayes, 33, who is based at Loughborough University, has been selected alongside the Brownlees brothers, Alistair, 24, and Jonny, 22, in the men’s team and will have a similar role to Lucy.
Alistair, who has just returned from injury, and Jonny finished first and second in a World Series event in Kitzbuehel last weekend and are fancied to win medals.
“Stuart did a great job for the Brownlees brothers in Kitzbuehel,” said Gavin.
“He controlled the pace on the bike for them and did exactly what was required.”
After the race Stuart said: “Those guys are above the rest. Nobody is going to get near them.”