And yet this almost never came to pass. At 23, Laurel was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer, which shelved her budding triathlete career for nearly five years, as she endured chemotherapy and a gruelling recovery. During that time, her biggest inspiration was witnessing Rebeccah bud into a triathlete herself. Despite the latter’s head start, the sisters are once again an even match — a pairing that was on full display as they went head to head in the New York City Triathlon this August.
With twin identities fused from competition, adversity, and a love of life through sports, whomever wins between the two of them is less important than how they got there together and where they’ll go to next.