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Team puts triathlete back together after horrific car crash

Former triathlon pro and aspiring pilot is back on wheels and wings.

Author UCHealth | Publish Date November 24, 2021

There’s not much “typical” about Olesya Prystayko. The 36-year-old Longmont resident speaks five languages. As a young woman, she routinely ran 10-kilometer (6.21-mile) races at a 5:50-mile pace. That was after swimming 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles), and biking another 40 kilometers (about 25 miles). Add those distances up and you get an Olympic-distance triathlon, and her times were fast enough to land her on the Ukrainian national triathlon team.