National Team Member
2005 U.S. National Champion
2003 Pan Am Games Bronze Medalist
Full Name: Becky Lavelle
Hometown: Minnetonka, Minn.
Resides: Los Gatos, Calif.
College: Louisiana State University
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minn.
Years Elite: 8
Final 2007 ITU Rank: 63
Final 2007 USAT Rank: 8
Web site: www.beckylavelle.com
Already established as one of the top non-draft-legal triathletes in the country, Becky Lavelle is looking to make her mark on the draft-legal scene in 2008. Securing a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team would surely help in that endeavor. Endurance Planet had a chance to sit down with Becky to ask her about her Olympic aspirations and a recent personal tragedy that has given her a new perspective on life. Below are some excerpts from that interview.
Endurance Planet: Tell us about some of the highlights of your career to this point.
Becky Lavelle: Winning Escape From Alcatraz was probably my biggest win. That was in '06. Couple other ones along the way like winning Chicago. I think it was in '05. Wildflower I won last year, the half Ironman. Being runner-up twice at Lifetime Fitness, the big one in my hometown. That was always exciting. And then in 2003, that's been awhile now that I got the bronze medal in the Pan Am Games and that was really cool to represent the country and get a medal.
EP: Who do you see as your biggest competition for the remaining slots on the Olympic team?
BL: Sarah Haskins is definitely a very consistent, top performer. Julie Ertel. Those I guess I see as my two biggest threats. There are always people that can come out and surprise people but I guess those are the two I'm kind of focused on.
EP: You say your perspective has changed since the deaths of your sister and nephew. Your world-view?
BL: No. The fact that life is precious. You know you don't really realize it...kind of take it for granted until something like this so close to home happens. At least for me. I just think trying to live each day to its fullest and trying to make the most of what I've been given and I guess my talents. Yeah, just trying to make the most of it.
Listen to full interview at EndurancePlanet.com.
More about Becky...
Personal: Rebecca Gibbs Lavelle… Born Dec. 5, 1974 in Minneapolis, Minn… Parents, Bob and Sandy, reside in Minneapolis… Has a twin sister, Jenny… Married fellow elite triathlete Brian Lavelle, whom she met in 2000 in Hawaii at the Labman training camp, on Dec. 28, 2002… Older brother Randy is her coach…Earned a B.S. in kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 1998… Favorite food is chocolate chip cookies and lasagna… Enjoys cooking and gardening…Visualizes the course before a race, saying it helps her focus and relax… Works as a personal trainer and as an assistant coach for the "Team in Training" philanthropic organization.
Elite Triathlon Career: Did not compete in 2004 due to knee and back injuries… Won the bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games behind Canada's Jill Savege and U.S. teammate Sheila Taormina… Qualified for the 2003 U.S. Pan American Games Triathlon Team by finishing third at the Baker's Breakfast Cookies Triathlon. Winner Barb Lindquist turned down her spot and second-place Sheila Taormina had already qualified for the team… Won $20,000 by finishing second to Barb Lindquist at the Life Time Fitness Triathlon in 2002. The event used an equalizer format to have men compete against women for the top five spots overall… Won the 1999 U.S. Triathlon Series Championship in Oceanside, Calif.
Amateur Triathlon Career: In 1997, won the Mie Sunbelt Triathlon in Japan… Placed seventh at the ITU World Age Group Championship… Finished 17th at the U.S. National Age Group Championship.
Athletic Background: In high school, participated in swimming, track and synchronized swimming… Was a five-time High School State Champion in swimming… In college, was a 10-time NCAA All-American, Louisiana NCAA Woman of the Year (1997), and was a three-time NCAA Academic All-American… Started swimming with the Mach 3 Flyers at 7 years old, and even now, will swim with her old club.