Born in Kingston, Ont., Simon spent most of his time as a young child playing soccer. He competed in his first triathlon at age 11 when a family friend organized a race just north of his hometown. Simon and his friend decided to enter and see who would win. Simon says he competed in "boxer shorts with cows on 'em, and a Mickey Mouse hat." Although he lost to his friend, his life as an adrenaline junkie took shape, and he became more serious in his training for triathlons. Simon immediately began honing his skills in the local Canadian Kids of Steel program.
Simon moved to Australia at age 17 and attended his father's old school because, he said, he wanted a change of scenery. In 1993 he met Greg Bennett. "He was like a big brother to me," Simon says of Bennett, the number-one ranked triathlete in the world in 2002. "He would ask me if I wanted to go for a training run with him, and I'd tell him no...then after he'd leave, I would go search his bag to steal his training log and learn as much as I could." By the time he returned from Australia, Simon wanted to train seriously. "My goal had always been to be the best in the world at something.”
Simon accomplished his goal when he was the surprise winner of the inaugural Olympic triathlon competition at the 2000 Games in Sydney. Simon was in 28th place after the swim, and 27th after the bike, more than a minute behind the leader. But his blistering pace in the run, 16 seconds faster than anyone else, enabled him to make up the ground and outkick Germany's Stephan Vuckovic for the gold medal. Simon later went on to win his second memorable Olympic medal when he captured the silver in equally thrilling fashion in 2008.
A self-proclaimed "pick-up sports addict," Simon will play any sport, anytime, anywhere in order to be active. He is also a big hockey fan who cheers for any Canadian team. Simon also enjoys riding his cruiser bike, drinking coffee and loves being a dad. Simon enjoys his work with charitable organizations in Canada, and visiting schools to speak to children about setting goals.
• Gold Medallist at 2000 Olympic Summer Games in Sydney, Australia
• Silver Medallist at 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing, China
• Three-time Olympian (Sydney, Athen’s, Beijing)
• Gold Medallist at 2002 Commonwealth Games
• Won Prestigious 2009 World Cup in Des Moines, U.S.A.
• Won bronze medal at 2009 World Team Championships in Des Moines, U.S.A.
• 12 World Cup victories, 21 podium finishes, seven top-10 finishes at World Championships
• Seven-time National Champion
2009 – World Championship Series, Tongyeong, Korea: 14
2009 – World Championship Series, Washington, U.S.A.: DNF
2009 – World Cup, Des Moines, U.S.A.: 1
2009 – World Team Championships, Des Moines, U.S.A.: 3
2009 – World Championship Series, Hamburg, Germany: 9
2009 – National Championships, Kelowna, B.C.: 1
2009 – Elite World Championships, Gold Coast, Australia: 8