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The Brownlee's talk to CNN
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Posted on: Thursday 7th April 2016


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"Once it comes down to the last part of the run, all those bets are off and we're just racing to win"

This coming Saturday sees the return of Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee to World Triathlon Series racing in the Gold Coast. Due to various injuries, we only saw the two race together once during 2015 at the World Triathlon Series London - and that would prove to be no 'race' at all, as Jonathan arrived in T1 to find that he already had a puncture before he had even touched his bike. Alistair went on to cruise to victory in front of a patriotic home crowd, his 19th victory in World Triathlon Series racing.

The boys recently spent time with CNN International's 'Human to Hero' team in their Yorkshire training base, where "obsessional" and "determined" were their descriptions of each other.

The Brownlee Brothers on CNN's 'Human to Hero'

On their childhood and the earliest memories of their rivalry:

Alistair Brownlee: "Everything we did from running around in the garden to playing badminton or football or cricket, everything we did… Probably even doing the tidying up, everything turning in to a competition."

On competing on the Olympic and World stage alongside each other:

Jonny Brownlee: "Each of us wants to win, and there's only one person that can win. When we actually start the race I get the feeling it's us as a little team against everyone else."

Alistair Brownlee: "It is team tactics in that we're both furthering our aims jointly, but it's not like one sacrifices their performance for the other on the day."

On winning Gold and Bronze medals in the Triathlon at London 2012:

Jonny Brownlee: "Well, London 2012 was incredible experience. To be able to race in front of a home crowd of a million people, it was the best triathlon I've ever done. And Triathlon is one of those sports where so much can go wrong in the race itself so to be able to get two people on the podium was a great achievement."


Twice a month, Human to Hero gets to the heart of what it takes to be a sporting star, exploring the discipline, dedication and determination involved, as well as the sources of inspiration for the world's best athletes.


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