Vicky Holland named as final member of Bahrain Endurance 13

Vicky Holland will join the Bahrain Endurance 13 team, adding another Olympic medalist to the team's impressive roster.

| February 19, 2019 | NEWS

Vicky Holland takes WTS Montreal, one of the wins that helped her take the WTS world title in 2018.

Vicky Holland takes WTS Montreal, one of the wins that helped her take the WTS world title in 2018.

Photo >Wagner Araujo | ITU

With one spot on the team left to fill after the Norwegian federation declined to ratify Kristian Blummenfelt's contract with the Bahrain Endurance 13 team for 2018, the team has announced that Olympic bronze medalist and last year's WTS world champion, Vicky Holland, will be part of the team this year. Bahrain Endurance 13 can now boast a total of 17 world titles and five Olympic medals, and obviously has its eyes set on increasing both of those numbers with its current roster. (Click on the link below for more information.)

Holland became the first British woman to medal at the Olympics when she out-sprinted countrywoman Non Stanford for bronze in Rio in 2016. Last year she took the WTS world title and looks to defend that title and qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this year.

“Bahrain Endurance are, undoubtedly, the most successful triathlon team in history and with the inclusion now of both short course athletes and paratriathletes, it really is a fully diverse team covering every area of triathlon," Holland said in a press release from the team. “This season I will be doing all I can to retain the world title I won in 2018 ... it will be even harder to win it for a second time than it was to win it the first. I’m excited and ready for the challenge. My other big goal for this season is to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which I can tick off with a podium performance in the Olympic test event in Tokyo in August.”

Holland will kick off her 2018 season at WTS Abu Dhabi on March 8.