Brownlee and Stimpson pick up Olympic Athlete of Year awards

15 November 2014 / 16:47

Jodie Stimpson and Alistair Brownlee’s successful 2014 continues after they were announced as the joint winners of the Olympic Athlete of the Year award on Friday.

The triathlon duo both played a starring role at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with Stimpson claiming the first medal of the Games, closely followed by Brownlee who matched her gold-medal winning performance in the men’s race.

The pair would then help England to success in the mixed team relay alongside Vicky Holland and Brownlee’s brother Jonathan.

It meant older sibling Alistair added Commonwealth gold to his Olympic gold won in London 2012 while he also claimed a fourth European title with victory in Kitzbuhel in June.

The 26-year-old began the season still recovering from an Achilles injury from the winter but hit top form over the summer before finishing in style with victory in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton.

Both he and Stimpson – who finished fourth in the world rankings this year –  were also named British Triathlon Elite Triathletes of the Year at the British Triathlon Awards Evening on Friday.

Brownlee said: “It’s been a good season and it’s always good to get some awards at the end of it, a bit of recognition.

"It’s not really what you do it for, you do it to win races and be the best athlete you can be, but it’s always nice to be recognised as well.

“It was definitely the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow that was my big aim for the year. Like any big aim, it’s always good to cross the line and pull it off. The Grand Final was the icing on the cake; it was really nice to have a good race there as well.”

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