Lucy Buckingham: Background, Career Highlights, Quotes
A 20-year-old Olympian, Lucy Buckingham has a resume that is the envy of most triathletes, with prestigious victories in the sprint, Olympic distance and half-Ironman. And there are very few who can follow her in the water.
Who is Lucy Buckingham?
Known for many years as lucie room (prior to her marriage to fellow elite triathlete Mark Buckingham), Lucy Buckingham had an extremely eventful career, studded with success in various competitions and at various distances.
She first caught people’s attention following her surprise selection for Team GB at the London Olympics in 2012.
Chosen to work as a servant for GB’s main prospect, Helen JenkinsBuckingham had passed several more successful and higher ranked athletes to get the nod.
She led the peloton out of the Serpentine in Hyde Park and led the pack for much of the bike stage.
This performance in London confirmed Buckingham’s reputation as one of the fastest – if not, the the fastest – female triathletes in the water. Indeed, while competing for French club Brive Limousin, she earned the nickname La Sirène – La Sirène.
This has been at the heart of its success. Build a swimming lead, solidify that advantage on the bike and try to hold off the peloton when it comes to running, its weakest discipline. Sometimes the plan works, sometimes not quite.
That this approach has been successful is clear from Buckingham’s track record. She’s won European Championships, she’s been a World Team Champion, she’s had victories in World Cup and European Cup races, and she’s had victories in Ironman 70.3 and Challenge events.
Middle distance race has been his bread and butter for a few years now, and the 2022 season could see Buckingham go even further.
How old is Lucy Buckingham?
Lucy Buckingham was born on February 21, 1992, which makes her 30 years old.
Lucy Buckingham’s Career Highlights
March 2012: A first senior victory
After a handful of podium finishes in the junior ranks, Buckingham, who just turned 20, earns his first elite victory at the ITU Premium Triathlon Pan American Cup in Salinas, Ecuador. Running under her maiden name Hall, her margin of victory is a comfortable three minutes.
August 2012: A surprise Olympic selection
Selected ahead of faster, more experienced triathletes for her speed in the water, Buckingham takes on the role of housekeeper on the British team, supporting Britain’s top medal hopeful, Helen Jenkins.
Jenkins finished fifth while Buckingham, who posted the fastest lap time, came 33rd.
July 2014: A taste of gold at the world championships
At the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Buckingham is a quarterback of the winning British team racing to victory alongside Vicky Holland and the Brownlee Brothers.
July 2015: Another title, this one in its own right
At the ETU European Championships in Banyoles in Catalunya, Buckingham claim their biggest individual win to date as they become U23 champions. She is the only athlete to go under the two hour mark.
May 2016: Team effort gives Buckingham European gold
Four weeks after claiming their maiden European Cup victory in Madrid, Buckingham returns to the Iberian Peninsula for the ETU European Championships.
After making the top 10 in the individual race, Buckingham accompanies India Lee, Tom Bishop and Grant Sheldon in the mixed relay, which they won.
June 2016: A first senior individual title
The following month, Buckingham became European champion in her own right when she won the ETU European Sprint Championships in the French town of Chateauroux where she edged out her compatriot Jess Learmois win by a second.
February 2017: Buckingham are now World Cup winners
In Cape Town, Buckingham wins its first ITU World Cup victory. There again, as in Châteauroux eight months earlier, a single second separates her from her British compatriot Learmonth.
June 2019: Impressive debut at Ironman 70.3
Having updated from Olympic in the middle distance, Buckingham travels to Finland for his first experience in 70.3.
As expected, she was first out of the water (and two minutes ahead of the field) and second out of the bike, but faded on the run, finishing a still very strong sixth place overall. honorable.
August 2021: A first victory in 70.3
In Gydnia, on Poland’s Baltic coast, Buckingham leads from gun to board to claim his first victory at Ironman 70.3.
His margin of victory is comfortable – one second less than four minutes.
August 2021: The Championship is added to its record
Four weeks after his triumph in Poland comes the culmination of a rather brilliant season.
After being a near-permanent fixture on the podiums of various Challenge Series races, Buckingham won the championship in Slovakia, the prestigious race otherwise known as the Samorin Challenge.
December 2021: Near-triumph on the track in Florida
After dominating CLASH Daytona, the middle-distance race held at Daytona International Speedway in Florida, Buckingham was caught in the last half mile of the race by American Jackie Hering and had to settle for second place. She is still happy.
Lucy Buckingham in quotes
On, somewhat controversially, being selected for the three GB squad for London 2012, despite the fact that there are seven higher ranked British athletes than her: “I am a human being. I am not a rock. I have feelings. I hope people don’t see this as my fault and realize that I was selected to do a job. It’s a home Olympics. I can’t refuse.
On the transition from Olympic running to middle distance: “The great thing about 70.3 is that you’re always learning. From what I can understand, there is never a perfect race. There are always variables that you simply cannot control.
On becoming champion of the championship in 2021: “It was an incredible feeling. 2020 has been such a hectic year for me. I was thinking of retiring, but I found my love for racing again.
What’s next for Lucy Buckingham?
Having declared its intention to focus on 70.3 races for the first part of the 2022 season (indeed, a fourth place at IM 70.3 Lanzarote and three Challenge podiums are on the line before the end of May), Buckingham will look to take its first provisional Ironman distance stages in the second half of the year.
Top picture: Resistance to clashes