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MD Olympic triathlete enjoys time with late father before games


WHO WILL NOW GUIDE HER TO THE GOLD IN SPIRIT. REPORTER: ONE STEP, ONE STROKE, ONE PUSHF O THE PETAL. KATIE ZAFERES IS FEARLESS. SHE’S ON HER WAY TO HER SECOND OLYMPIC GAMES IN TOKYO AERFT COMPETING IN THE RIO OLYMPICS IN 2016 WHERE SHE FINISHED 18TH IN THE TRIATHLON. ZAFERES WAS IN FLORIDA TRAGIN WHEN THE PANDEMIC STARTED. >> IT WAS LIKE OK NOW WE HAVE LIKE A WHOLE ’NOTHER YEATOR PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY PREPARE AND YOU CAN GET THAT REALLY RIGHT OR GET A LITTLE BIT MESSED UP. REPORTER: SHE AND HER HUSBAND, A FELLOW ELITE TRIATHLETE AND WORLD TRIATHLON PHOTOGRAPHER TOMMY, DROVE UP TO MARYLAND TO HER HOMETOWN OF HAMPSTEAD AND MOVED BACK IN WITH HER PARENTS FOR MOST OF 2020. THAT TIME TO ME BECAME REALLY, — >> THAT TIME TO ME BECAME REALLY, REALLY SPECIAL BECSE MY DAD PASSED AWAY IN APRIL AND IT WAS NOT SOMETHING WE WERE THINKING OF HAPPENING WHEN WE WERE DOING OUR 2020 SEONAS REPOERRT ZAFERES SAYS SHE’S ALWAYS BEEN AN ATHLETE, BUT HER DAD IS REALLY WHO GOT HER INTO THE TRIALOTH >> MY DAD HAS BEEN SUCH A BIG PART OMYF LIFE, PART OF MY CAREER, HE WAS THE FIRST PERSON I DID A TRIATHLON WITH ON FATHER’S DAY IN 2012 SHE SAID — >> SHE SAID HER TRAINING CHANGED WHEN THE PANDEMIC HAPPENED. SHE AND HER COACH DECIDED TO B A LITTLE MORE LAID BACK AND SAVE ENERGY TO BE READY FOR 2021. BUT NOW IT’S GAMEN. O ZAFERES IS NOW IN FRANCE WHERE SHE SAYS SHE’S HITTING A LOT OF MOMENTUM AND RTHHY REPORTER: — >> THIS IS A PLACE THAT I KNOW MY DAD WOULD LOVE AND I THINK THAT GIVES ME ENERGY AND A DIFFERENT TYPE OF MEMORY WITH MORE HAPPINESS THAN SAESDN REPORTER: AND THE LOVE SHE FEELS FROM MARYLAND, SHE’S CAYIRR WITH HER TO TOKYO. >> I THINK JUST HAVING THAT SUPPORT GIVES YOU ENERGY OTHN E START LINE, GIVES YOU MORE MEANING. REPORTER: ZAFERES SAYS HER DAD ALWAYS TOLD HER RACE HARD, BUT MOST OF ALL HAVE FUN. >> IT WAS A GLORIOUS SPRIN

Maryland Olympic triathlete enjoys extra time before games to spend with late father

For some 2020 Tokyo Olympic athletes, the pandemic may have felt like a setback and a whole extra year of training and waiting. But for one Maryland native, it gave her invaluable time with a loved one who will now guide her to the gold in spirit.One step, one stroke, one push of the pedal, Katie Zaferes is fearless. She’s on her way to her second Olympic games in Tokyo after competing in the Rio Olympics in 2016, where she finished 18th in the triathlon. Zaferes was in Florida training when the pandemic started. “It was like, OK, now we have like a whole ‘nother year to physically and mentally prepare, and you can get that really right or get a little bit messed up,” she said.She and her husband, a fellow elite triathlete and world triathlon photographer, Tommy, drove up to Maryland to her hometown of Hampstead and moved back in with her parents for most of 2020.”That time to me became really, really special, because my dad passed away in April, and it was not something we were thinking of happening when we were doing our 2020 season,” she said. Zaferes said she’s always been an athlete, but her dad is really who got her into the triathlon.”My dad has been such a big part of my life, part of my career. He was the first person I did a triathlon with on Father’s Day in 2012,” Zaferes said.She said her training changed when the pandemic happened. She and her coach decided to be a little more laid back and save energy to be ready for 2021. But now, it’s game on. Zaferes is now in France where she’s hitting a lot of momentum and rhythm. “This is a place that I know my dad would love, and I think that gives me energy and a different type of memory with more happiness than sadness,” she said.She’s carrying the love she feels from Maryland to Tokyo.”I think just having that support gives you energy on the start line, gives you more meaning,” she said.Zaferes said her dad always told her, “race hard, but most of all, have fun.”​

For some 2020 Tokyo Olympic athletes, the pandemic may have felt like a setback and a whole extra year of training and waiting. But for one Maryland native, it gave her invaluable time with a loved one who will now guide her to the gold in spirit.

One step, one stroke, one push of the pedal, Katie Zaferes is fearless. She’s on her way to her second Olympic games in Tokyo after competing in the Rio Olympics in 2016, where she finished 18th in the triathlon. Zaferes was in Florida training when the pandemic started.

“It was like, OK, now we have like a whole ‘nother year to physically and mentally prepare, and you can get that really right or get a little bit messed up,” she said.

She and her husband, a fellow elite triathlete and world triathlon photographer, Tommy, drove up to Maryland to her hometown of Hampstead and moved back in with her parents for most of 2020.

“That time to me became really, really special, because my dad passed away in April, and it was not something we were thinking of happening when we were doing our 2020 season,” she said.

Zaferes said she’s always been an athlete, but her dad is really who got her into the triathlon.

“My dad has been such a big part of my life, part of my career. He was the first person I did a triathlon with on Father’s Day in 2012,” Zaferes said.

She said her training changed when the pandemic happened. She and her coach decided to be a little more laid back and save energy to be ready for 2021. But now, it’s game on.

Zaferes is now in France where she’s hitting a lot of momentum and rhythm.

“This is a place that I know my dad would love, and I think that gives me energy and a different type of memory with more happiness than sadness,” she said.

She’s carrying the love she feels from Maryland to Tokyo.

“I think just having that support gives you energy on the start line, gives you more meaning,” she said.

Zaferes said her dad always told her, “race hard, but most of all, have fun.”

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