Triathlon Adds Czech Athlete to 2022 Squad
TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil triathlon head coach Cliff English snags Czech Republic star Heidi Juránková as the third signee for the 2022 season.
At 19 years old, Juránková placed second in the European Junior Triathlon Cup in Žilina, is a four-time National Champion in triathlon and a three-time National Champion in aquathlon. She's currently sixth in continental junior rankings.
"We're incredibly excited about Heidi signing and joining ASU Triathlon in the fall of 2022," English said. "She brings a very complete game as a triathlete with little weakness as a swim, bike and runner. She has a huge amount of experience on the European Junior elite circuit. This past fall she had a career highlight with her 11th place finish at the 2021 Junior Elite World Championships. With her talents and experience, we believe she is going to have a huge and immediate positive impact on the team."
Junior women in Bled ??Margareta Vrablova (SVK)??Heidi Juránková (CZE)??Robin Dreyling (NED) pic.twitter.com/YdxZtTpAAF
— Europe Triathlon (@ETUtriathlon) September 5, 2021
Juránková represented the Czech Republic last month at the 2021 World Triathlon Junior Championships in Quarteira, Portugal where she placed 11th with a time of 1:01:57.
In 2019, she participated in the USA Triathlon Age Group Draft-Legal National Championships, held as part of the Sun Devil Draft-Legal Classic at Tempe Town Lake and was the first woman across the line in 1:02:24, but was not eligible for the national title as she is not a U.S. citizen.
Besides racing in her home country, the newest Sun Devil travels to neighboring countries like Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Greece and Portugal to participate in events such as the European Cup.
Juránková was named the Best Athlete of her region, Karlovarsky Kraj, for three years in a row ('16, '17 and '18).
— Sun Devil Triathlon (@sundeviltri) December 20, 2021
This is not the first time that Juránková will spend a lengthy period of time on American soil as she was an exchange student in Wisconsin from 2019-20.
During her free time, one can find her cooking, playing the piano, living a healthy lifestyle, watching Netflix or doing weight or body weight training at the gym.
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