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Ready for Youth & Junior Nationals

By Azalea Snell | July 20, 2016, 5:57 p.m. (ET)

I'm Azalea, race age 10. 

Azalea at nationals

I have been doing triathlon since I was 4 years old. 

Azalea in transition

I'm excited about going to Ohio. I actually have never done an open water swim since five years ago. 

Azalea swimming

Here I am. 

During all my events, I have learned that even when times get tough you have to remember that it's OK not to get in first — just finish! 

Azalea racing

Remember that you can do it. 

A few people who inspire me are ... Coach Kris and my mom

coach kris and mom

Heather Jackson

Azalea with heather jackson

my brother, Hank

Azalea triathlon

Thank you for reading and good luck to everyone doing Ohio!

Azalea Snell

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