It was August 7 on a never-to-be-forgotten day when Brownlee lived as much as all expectations and received the primary of his two Olympic titles in entrance of unimaginable crowds in Hyde Park.
Watching that day was a 14-year-old Yee, and final yr he himself received an Olympic gold within the Combined Workforce Relay in Tokyo alongside Jonny Brownlee, who had chased brother Alistair dwelling to take particular person bronze in 2012.
Passing the baton
So no marvel after we spoke to Yee after his Commonwealth Video games heroics final week – particular person gold and one other Combined Relay triumph – that he noticed some clear parallels.
He instructed us: “An enormous dwelling occasion just like the Commonwealth Video games is a chance for our sport to develop and hopefully folks will probably be impressed.”
Wanting again to 2012 he defined: “I used to be doing triathlon previous to that however watching the boys in 2012 was a particular second for me. And to give you the option catch a practice up there and have London 2012 on my doorstep was superb.
“So to expertise the Commonwealths at dwelling may be very particular. Hopefully there may be somebody within the crowd in Birmingham who’s like I used to be – and possibly I’ll have the ability to race in a relay with sooner or later, that will be actually cool.”
And searching on the larger image he added: “I simply wish to hold creating the game. Possibly once I began triathlon, it wasn’t seen as a factor you may make a dwelling from or be a viable sport by itself so I wish to hold opening it up, closing down obstacles to entry and ensuring that this can be a common sport that everybody can enter.”