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Why I’m Packing My Lucky Race Dragons for Rotterdam

By Jacqueline Godbe | Sept. 07, 2017, 2:19 p.m. (ET)

Jacqueline Godbe

Hello! My name is Jacquie Godbe. I’m an avid triathlete and honored to be writing a blog in partnership with USAT ahead of ITU Age Group World Championships! This will be my first race at the international level (and my first-ever trip across the pond). That being said, I’m super excited to share my enthusiasm and as I prepare for my upcoming race.

So let’s meet the cast of characters for this upcoming series of blog posts, shall we?

This is me:

I’m an MD/Ph.D. student at Northwestern University, where I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in chemistry in the lab of Profesor Stupp. As of writing this, I am also the 2017 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships F25-29 National Champion in the Olympic Distance and the 2017 Chicago Life Time female overall champion. I love dark chocolate and hate post-race blisters.

Seriously. I owe the wonderful medical volunteers in Omaha a shout-out for their support after the USATAGNC race. They’re the best!

This is John:


John is also an MD/Ph.D. student at Northwestern University. He is pursuing his degree in neuroscience and investigating spinal cord injury and therapy. He is my triathlon training partner, bike boy and will also be competing in Rotterdam this month in the open sprint division.

This is Sexy:


Sexy is my road bike and my first ever racing bike. She is a 2012 Madone 58 cm female geometry (the last time they ever made that!) Per ITU competition rules, aero bars and time trial frames are not allowed in Rotterdam! Fortunately, I raced on this bike for multiple years before acquiring Junior (my current triathlon bike). Sexy is incredibly excited to return to triathlon competition!

These are the Lucky Race Dragons:


My mom sent me these as a joke. Then John and I realized that they match our trikit perfectly. I usually wear neon green while he opts for neon orange (thanks OSU) and purple matches our current Northwestern heritage. They had a fun time visiting Omaha and they’ll have a fun time visiting Rotterdam too!

Stay tuned to the USA Triathlon Championship Blog for more from Jacquie on her journey to the Worlds. Learn more about the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, at