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“Victory is sweet, just like Nutella” – Yoni Doron-Peters, Nationals 2012. At Collegiate Nationals 2012 (LINK), Cal Tri made history by winning the first-ever SuperSprint Mixed Relay held on US soil (see here VIDEO OF WINNING). The team was anchored by one Yoni Doron-Peters, and with the whole Triathlon world watching, Yoni these famous words in the finish-line interview with USA Triathlon. Needless to say, USAT and the world were quite confused. However, they did know that Yoni, like many of his teammates, is known for his religious love of Nutella. Appropriately, many on the team view it as an unofficial sponsor and still consume it in unhealthy quantities.
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“Suns out, guns out” – Toff Peabody, circa 2009. A rallying cry for team members, this saying is a variation of “if you’ve got it, flaunt it.” It refers to the need for Cal Triathletes to show off their macho bodies and well-cured tan lines as proof of their strength and will. An alternate interpretation is “when the going gets tough, Cal Tri destroys.”
“Destroy People” – Erika Erickson, circa 2010. Who better than Ms. Erika Erickson to be the author of this quote. Erika makes grown athletes cry, including the legions of guys that she routinely “chicks”. She thus serves as an inspiration to all of us lesser beings to go out there, take names, and destroy the competition.
“Tricest makes you faster” – Author unknown. The origins of this quote are steeped in mysterious beginnings. One thing that can be said for sure though is that it has been a mainstay for many years. What can we say, our love for one another in the Cal Tri family is overwhelming. In the course of history, this quote has been modified once. In 2006, the saying “Tricest makes you … married?” was adopted in celebration of the marriage between two of the most prominent team members. Ahh, now that’s what CalTriLove is all about.
“ZERG RUSH” – Chris Fuentes, 2011. Fuentes was the External (Racing) Vice-President for the 2011-2012 year. An avid Starcraft fan, he would scream this battle-cry before every pre-race meeting or dinner in the hopes that he would inspire our army of triathletes to go out the next day and race with the team on our backs. Whatever he did, it worked. Like a legion of zergs, Cal Tri overwhelmed the opposition at every race up and down the West Coast.
“Cal Triathlon is about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, 1936. Eleanor Roosevelt was known to be a huge fan of Cal Triathlon. As a testament to her historical legacy, she was placed on the Team Shirt in 2009 along with her famous words used to describe the team.
“Cal Triathlon wakes up in the morning and pisses excellence.” – Albus Dumbledore, 1997. What can we say – everyone knows that Albus tells no lies. The team appropriately encompassed this as the motto for Winter Tri Camp 2012.
“Where’s your BrandtFace?” – Christie’s Dad