Grocery shopping tips from Triathlete Paula Findlay

The award-winning, Edmonton-born athlete will be making her Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games. Here, she shares her top workout tip and diet trick

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Paula Findlay crosses Triathlon race finish line
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Age: 23
Sport: Triathlon
Trains: 4 to 5 hours a day
Hometown: Edmonton

Paula Findlay is hard-wired to win. She makes her Olympic debut this summer as the first Canadian woman to win a World Triathlon Series event, and the only one to win back-to-back world championships in her event. “I came onto the scene quickly,” she says. “My rise was steep and unexpected. I was ranked 53rd when I went on to win my World Cup race.”

Why this sport: “I love its diversity.”

Goals for London: “It’s my first Olympics. I have the potential to be on the podium, but I also know there are lots of really, really fast girls.”

Top workout tip: “Plan little tiny victories, day to day, to help push you toward bigger goals.”

Balancing act: “I’m fairly injury-prone, so I can’t train at my top level in running. But biking and swimming keep me fast.”

Diet: “I keep to the outer edge of the grocery store.”

Sweet tooth: “I’m a big chocolate fan. A little bite every day keeps me sane.”

Her motto: “Love what you do.”

Her secret to success: “I have no trouble working hard. If I want to be among the best, I’ve got to give my best.”

Her award-winning advice: “Always respect your competition.”

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