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May 1, 2000

Catching Up with Carol Montgomery

Just four months after major surgery to repair a blocked artery in her left leg, Vancouver's Carol Montgomery has gained a birth on two Canadian Olympic Teams - in triathlon and track. It's been an amazing recovery for the 34-year-old Montgomery who, on April 14th, set a lifetime personal best of 32:11 in the 10kms at California's Mt St Antonio College relay meet. In doing so, she placed 2nd overall at the prestigious track race and met qualifying standard for the Canadian Team. She earned a spot on the Canadian Triathlon Team earlier this month. We caught up with Carol recently and asked her about her Olympic plans.
Perth ITU Champs
Nicole Hackett (L), Carol (R)
at Perth Worlds

Runner's Web: You now have a chance to compete at the Olympics in track and triathlon. Do you plan on racing in both events in Sydney?

Carol: I am planning on trying to qualify for both the 10kms and triathlon if I can complete the COA criteria for the 10km. If I had to choose, I really don't know what I would do. Hopefully I won't have to. .

Runner's Web: From serious surgery to a low 32 10kms in less than 4 months is nothing short of incredible. To what would you attribute your amazing recovery?

Carol: I am not sure how I was able to do it. I guess just being healthy is the big thing. I think I was also so determined to get fit enough for triathlon that I did so much quality stuff without much recovery between sessions helped.

Runner's Web: What are your upcoming racing plans for the rest of the season?

Carol: I plan to do ITU Toronto and Triathlon Nationals which are my main triathlon races until the Olympics. I will do Harry Jerome 10KM and a track meet June 25th in Portland and Canadian track champs in August where I will do the 5000m.

Runner's Web: Thanks for the update, Carol! We really appreciate it. And, good luck!

Carol: No problem. ________________________________________________________________________

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