Biography:

Kyle Jones is the veteran of the Canadian triathlon team, having won the Canadian junior title in 2003 before making his World Cup debut in 2005. Jones has just missed the podium twice at the Pan Am Games, finishing fourth at both Rio 2007 and Guadalajara 2011. He had a memorable season in 2012 when he made his Olympic debut in London and earned his first career World Cup victory in Edmonton. He also posted his career-best result on the World Triathlon Series, finishing sixth at the Grand Final in Auckland. For much of 2013 and 2014, Jones had to deal with a worsening vascular issue in his right leg, but he still won a silver medal at the 2013 World Cup stop in Edmonton and competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow before undergoing surgery in November 2014.

GETTING TO KNOW…

Family: Parents Doug (1984 and 1988 Olympic canoe coach) and Sandy Jones… Older sister Shannon Lord… Wife Kelly Jones… Son Zackary… Getting into the Sport: Did his first Kids of Steel triathlon at age 10 after watching his father compete in triathlons during the summers… Had his Olympic dream sparked by watching Simon Whitfield sprint to gold at Sydney 2000… Outside Interests: Two years of Human Kinetics studies at the University of Guelph before deferring in 2006 to train full time… Affiliated with Classroom Champions and Cycle Oakville, a community initiative to promote cycling and bicycle safety… Grew up playing different sports (hockey, lacrosse, soccer, baseball) before starting to excel at cross-country running and track in elementary school… Would like to pursue a career in business and finance… Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” – Muhammad Ali… Role model is two-time Olympic medallist canoer Larry Cain…