Switzerland reveals London 2012 Olympic team
Reigning European champion Spirig leads the Swiss women with success in 2012 including winning the most recent ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) event in Madrid. Since the WTS format debuted in 2009, Spirig has been on the podium on six occasions. This season she has been on fire, finishing second in Mooloolaba, 5th in Sydney, then recording back-to-back victories at the European championships and Madrid.
Ryf joins Spirig on the Swiss team and will compete in her second Olympic Games after finishing seventh in Beijing 2008. Ryf was crowned the Under23 world champion in 2008. Hampered by injury for much of last year, Ryf opened her 2012 campaign with a strong 6th place performance in Mooloolaba. Ryf and Spirig will combine to undoubtedly create a powerful force on the bike.
Athens 2004 bronze medallist Riederer highlights the men’s team and also racked up numerous podium performance since then. He was second at last year’s Grand Final in Beijing and also took silver in San Diego last month. Spirig and Riederer compete in their third Olympic Games and both finished in the top ten in London last year on the 2012 Olympic course.
The only Olympic rookie on the team is Wild who will compete in his first Olympic Games. Wild was part of both of Switzerland’s world championship winning mixed relay teams that won gold in 2009 and 2010.
Nicola Spirig takes her second Madrid World Triathlon Series title after showing incredible strength in the final metres of the run to beat Ireland's Aileen Morrison for silver and Barbara Riveros Diaz of Chile took bronze08:09 - 26 May, 2012
Nicola Spirig regained her European Champioship title beating Ainhoa Murua in a thrilling sprint finish at the 2012 Eilat ETU Triathlon European Championships12:18 - 20 Apr, 2012