When Alan Trivett heard about the diagnosis, he flashed back to that morning in London last month, to the image of Paula Findlay sobbing as she finished the triathlon. She was in last place, and Trivett saw her mouth the words “I’m sorry” as she passed the friends and family who were watching her struggle from the stands.
Moments later, she apologized to all of Canada.
The 23-year-old was the 52nd and final woman to cross the line, betrayed by a poor swim and dead legs in her Olympic debut. She thought about quitting when she was still on the course, but kept fighting, telling reporters: “My legs weren’t working … stupid legs.”
On Tuesday, it became clearer why they were not working. Findlay revealed she has been diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia, a common condition, but one with symptoms that include a lack of energy.