Biography:

Amelie Kretz began her international career as a junior in 2010. After being named elite junior of the year by Triathlon Canada in 2012, she won the U23 world championship bronze medal at the 2013 ITU Grand Final in London. Earlier that summer she had won her first World Cup event, taking gold in Edmonton. That helped her to be named elite U23 of the year by the national federation in 2013 and 2014. She earned her second career World Cup podium in 2015, finishing second in Mooloolaba, and posted her first top-10 finish on the World Triathlon Series in London. She went on to earn senior elite of the year honours from Triathlon Canada, despite having to take a break from racing during the summer because of a femoral stress fracture. In 2016, Kretz achieved a career-best result on the World Triathlon Series, placing eighth in Yokohama to put Canada in position to qualify three women for Rio 2016 where she made her Olympic debut.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Patrice Kretz and Annie Blanchard… Older brother William…Getting into the Sport: As an athletic child was involved in golf, alpine skiing, hockey, mountain biking, soccer… At age 8 her father signed her up for a triathlon… Curious about new sports, she went to Trois-Rivieres for the race and was hooked… Outside Interests: Studying Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph… Would like to own a nutrition clinic and work with high performance athletes… Enjoys cooking, fishing, reading, cross-country skiing, mountain biking… Ambassador for Procure (The Force Against Prostate Cancer) and Fast and Female… Odds and Ends: Inspired by 2012 Olympic silver medallist Lisa Norden for finding her way back to the top despite injuries… Favourite motto: “Tough times never last, tough people do. Enjoy the process”…