JAVIER GOMEZ NOYA
Javier Gomez Noya
Nationality: Spain DOB: 03/23/1983
Height: 5’10” Weight: 69 kg
Speciality: Olympic / 70.3
Javier Gómez Noya was born in Basel Switzerland on March 25, 1983. His parents, Francisco Javier and Manuela, lived in that country for professional reasons until returning to Spain in July of 1983, when Javi was only 3 months old and his brother (Rafael) was 6 years old. They lived in Ferrol, where Javi grew up, studied, and trained in sports.
The first competitive sport he engaged in was football (soccer), which he combined with weekend mountain-bike excursions on whenever possible with his brother and his father, who had passed on his passion for sports to Javi from early on. At the age of 11, he was already bored with football; a classmate who practiced swimming encouraged him to sign up at the club in his city, Natación Ferrol, although Javi barely knew how to swim. This important step would mark his sports career, since this was when he met his first and current trainer José Rioseco.
Javi learned and improved quickly, becoming a complete swimmer, always outstanding in underwater and style matches. He received many awards as Galician champion in children’s, junior and absolute categories in crawl (200, 400 and 1500) and style trials (200 and 400), and was a finalist in Spanish championships in various categories. Javi, always active and enjoying all sports, discovered the triathlon in 1998, when he met some triathletes who went to swim at his club to prepare for their competitions; they proposed that he compete in a triathlon. He made his debut in the Olympic triathlon of Castropol (Asturias) at the age of 15, without having trained for the bike and running segments; he received second place in the juvenile category, in a triathlon won by no less than Iván Raña himself. As an anecdote, that same afternoon, he entered a swimming crossing in Ares, which he won…
Javi was fascinated with this spectacular sport and realized that it was perfectly suited to his characteristics. He gradually began to add triathlon to his swimming season and he began to add biking and running to swimming training. He began a new adventure in which his trainer José Rioseco would also be involved, who would also supervise his cycling and athletic training. Javi’s evolution in the triathlon was extremely rapid; he won practically all the triathlons in which he participated in his category and obtained high positions in the absolute category when he was still a juvenile.
However, despite his fast progress in sports, he faced more than a few obstacles on his climb to the top. In December 1999, in a concentration with the Spanish juvenile selection in Madrid, the medical services of the CSD detected a cardiac anomaly. In June 2000, he participated in his first international competition (European juvenile team championship, in Hungary). From this time on, there was disagreement between the specialists Javi consulted and the CSD on his aptitude for the competitive triathlon. This led to the incongruent situation in which Javi competed in competitions in Spain (since the license was issued by the Galician triathlon federation, one of Javi’s main supporters) but his participation was prohibited in international competitions as part of the Spanish selection. His situation being known, and with the support of different cardiology specialists at the world level, he decided to fight to recover his international license and demonstrate his potential as a triathlete. During this time, with an increasingly strained atmosphere between the CSD and the Spanish Triathlon Federation, Javi won both the Spanish duathlon and triathlon championships in junior category as sub 23. Due to an administrative error, he participated in the European junior duathlon championship, winning easily. However, within a few days, a letter from the Spanish Federation confirmed the revocation of his license. In November 2003, thanks to the intervention of a prestigious English physician, Javi finally recovered the license only three weeks before the world triathlon championship, and enjoying his vacation since at the beginning he knew he would not be able to participate in the world championship. Despite being out of condition and with only three weeks of training, he went to New Zealand and won the sub 23 world championship. This result brought Javi’s sports career to a turning point. With the freedom to compete at the international level, he decided to attempt to enter the Olympic Games in Athens. He left his Engineering studies in Roads, Canals and Ports, and moved to Pontevedra to train. This proved to be the ideal place for Javi for the practice of his sport, and a year later he would begin to study physical and sports activities. He debuted in the World Cup in Tongyeong (South Korea) attaining a meritorious 4th place. At the age of 21, he competed in his first competition of Europe (Valencia) and competition of the world (Madeira) obtaining excellent 8th places in both. However, a controversial decision by the technical director of the Fetri, which Javi would never understand, excluded him from the Olympic Games, which was a great disappointment for him. This action, however, motivated him even more to demonstrate his worth. He continued competing in 2004, obtaining the sub-championship of Spanish triathlon against Iván Raña (sub-champion of the world at that time) and he received another two top 10s in the World Cup (Manchester and Madrid) and national duathlon and triathlon awards in the sub-23 category, along with winning many national trials.
He began the 2005 season with hope, beating the Galician 1500 m swimming record (15.53). However, just days before taking his flights to Hawaii and Mexico to compete in the first two World Cups of the year, the CSD again removed his license “irrevocably,” without anything having changed in his situation. At this time, he was again unable to compete on Spanish territory. Here, Javi experienced his worst moments, being pursued by the CSD and FETRI to prevent him from even competing on foreign teams under the responsibility of those federations. They went so far as to prohibit his entry in the C.A.R of Barcelona when he went for a medical examination. However, Javi, despite not being able to compete and with his case “closed,” continued training without any goal but supported, as always, by his doctors, by the Galician triathlon federation and the Xunta of Galicia, and with the hope of being able to resolve the difficult situation. An opportunity arose to compete in a prestigious private competition in France, where there was no problem about his competing, (France Irontour) as part of the Mulhouse Olympic Triathlon; he was able to measure himself against the best triathletes of the world. Javi marked a historic milestone on winning the competition, prevailing in each and every one of the 6 stages that composed the competition.
At the beginning of the 2006 season, where he again beat the 1500m Galician swimming record (15.48) and after several months of fighting and visiting more international cardiology specialists, with the case constantly in the press, Javi finally recovered his license in February 2006. He began a dizzying international run in which in 2006 he was able to win in 3 trials of the World Cup (Madrid, Hamburg, Cancun), 2 second places (Jordan, Peking) and a 3rd (Canada) becoming the first Spaniard to win the World Cup, also obtaining a victory in the Spanish triathlon competition, in the Irontour and in a trial of the prestigious French Grand Prix (Embrun).
In 2007, and despite very high standards having been set from the previous season, he won the Competition of Europe, 4 trials of the World Cup (Lisbon, Manchester, Hungary and Peking), 2 second places (Madrid and Australia) and a 3rd (Iowa). He again won the World Cup and ended the year leading the world ranking and the Olympic ranking classification. He received the sub-championship of the world and prevailed in 2 trials of the French GP (Lorient and La Baule). Especially, and most importantly, he enjoyed the triathlon and came a bit closer to his dream of being an Olympian.
In 2008, also attempting to maintain his excellent World Cup level, his goals were focused on the Championship of the World and the Olympic games. He began the season with a concentration during the winter in South Africa and took advantage of his stay to win the ITU trial in Bloemfontein. In March, he traveled to Australia and New Zealand, where he obtained two first places in the World Cups of Mooloolaba and New Plymouth, with two spectacular runs in the home of the best triathletes of the world. On returning to Europe, he competed at home: Pontevedra, where he won the Europe Premium Cup before thousands of people, who cheered him on in very difficult weather conditions. During the months of May and June, he participated in three important competitions on five weekends: May 10 - European of Lisbon, May 25 - World Cup of Madrid and June 8 - Championship of the World of Vancouver. The European result was not what he had hoped for; with a biking break-out by a group of triathletes, he ended up occupying 7th place, but he came back in the following two competitions. Madrid was the first World Cup in which he repeated the gold of 2006, to obtain his greatest success up to current times, being proclaimed Champion of the World in Vancouver. Currently, he is preparing to face his first Olympic date: Beijing on August 19, 2008.
Especially, and most importantly, he enjoyed the triathlon and came a bit closer to his dream of being an Olympian.
European Triathlon Champion, Holten ( Holanda).
Spanish Triathlon Champion, Cangas ( Pontevedra).
Champion US Open Los Angeles Triathlon ( EEUU).
Fuente Álamo International Duathlon Champion( Murcia).
Champion of Grand Prix de Tours ( Francia).
Champion of France for teams with E.C. Sartrouville.
World Cup Sub-champion.
Grand Prix Sub-champion World Championship Series de Gold Coast ( Australia).
Sub-champion World Championship Series de Washington, DC ( EEUU).
Sub-champion World Championship Series de Kitzbühel ( Austria).
Pontevedra Premium European Cup Sub-champion (Spain)
3° World Championship Series of Madrid.
3° World Championship Series of Yokohama ( Japón).
N.1 ITU Ranking 2009.
Better National Triathlon 2009
4º 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
International Bloenfontein Triathlon Champion (South Africa)
Pontevedra Premium European Cup Champion (Spain)
Mooloolaba World Cup Champion (Australia)
New Plymouth World Cup Champion (New Zealand)
Madrid World Cup Champion (Spain)
Tiszaujvaros World Cup Champion (Hungary)
7th; European Lisboa Championship (Portugal)
CHAMPION OF THE WORLD ELITE IN VANCOUVER (CANADA)
2008 World Cup Champion
N.1 ITU Ranking 2008