Subtraction by addition

All the exciting news of expecting moms from the pro ranks has one downside - we're going to miss them at the races this season.

| April 4, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Mirinda Carfrae recently announced that she is pregnant - her presence will be missed in Kona this year.

Mirinda Carfrae recently announced that she is pregnant - her presence will be missed in Kona this year.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Few sports in the world have seen the influx of pregnancies like the triathlon pro ranks have this past few months. The announcements have been coming thick and fast as many of triathlon’s top women and their partners have decided that the time is right. And the list, (Gwen Jorgensen, Sarah Haskins, Liz Blatchford, Mirinda Carfrae, Nicky Samuels and Helen Jenkins), while not a mile long. provides a significant impact on the upcoming race season.

All of these women mentioned above race well and, with Helen Jenkins' strong return to ITU in 2016, she will be missed as a real threat in all the races. The ITU women outlined earlier is the biggest group and, obviously, the largest name who will be out of circulation is Gwen Jorgensen. Jorgensen wins everything and, right now, is unbeatable. There must be a few active women quietly happy that she is no longer a player this season. Jorgensen is the IT women in the ITU world right now and, after her win in Rio, she was set for another season of dominance. Regardless of other’s plans, they couldn’t compete with her brutal run leg. This was clearly evidenced in Rio when the world knew of her race tactics only to have Jorgensen sweep the race and take the gold. Now others will have the opportunity to take a world title. Her absence, too, will shape the way those races are attacked. The women will not have to be so focused on Jorgensen and the run now will not be a question of simply chasing the American. You can expect a closer brand of racing in the ITU world.

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