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Triathlete Kirsten Sweetland, sidelined by health, calls it a career

Campers stand at the edge of the water at sunset watching the stars come out, with the CanLyme logo floating in the foreground.

Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist, March 2nd

Triathlete Kirsten Sweetland of Victoria, a former teen prodigy who overcame career-threatening injuries to realize her dream last year in Rio of competing in the Olympics, has retired.

The 28-year-old knew it was time because “the decision came a little bit too easy,” she said.

Sweetland found out five months before Rio that she suffers from Lyme disease. It was just the latest in a series of health setbacks that several times nearly derailed a career that began with winning the world junior championship at age 16.

“Such is life. This is the hand I have been dealt,” said Sweetland.

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