Tag: Ironman World Championship
Chris “Macca” McCormack came on to share his thoughts on Lance Armstrong. How badly did he want to race Lance in Kona and how would Lance have done if he had been allowed to race this past October? Does Macca feel that announcing his ten year deal with The Challenge Series during Ironman week was in bad taste? How does he get along today with his bitter rivals from the past, Normann Stadler and Craig Alexander? Will he be racing in Kona next October? There is one guarantee when you ring up Macca, when you ask a question, you will get an answer!
In his first ever Ironman distance event, Germany’s Sebastian Kienle went sub 8:00 hours. He was introduced to the sport of triathlon at the ripe old age of eight, told his third grade teacher that he wanted to grow up to be a professional triathlete and knew in his heart early on that the Ironman was for him. 2012 turned out to be a huge breakout year for Sebastian as he rode away from a stacked field, ran 1:16 off the bike, and won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship at Lake Las Vegas and followed that up with a strong fourth place debut in Kona despite losing about five minutes with a flat tire.
So what happens after you become the Ironman World Champion? Plenty! Three weeks after the biggest win of his life, Pete Jacobs came on to take us through the months and weeks leading into Kona and the blow-by-blow of race day.
Funny story. The evening before this chat, Pete was in Noosa having dinner with fellow Aussies three-time Ironman World champion Craig Alexander and two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack. A fan came up and wanted to get a photo…..with Crowie and Macca. “Pete, it just shows that winning only once doesn’t quite do it,” laughed Crowie.
No one’s talking about him, but come October 13th, make sure to keep your eye on Dirk Bockel, who just keeps getting better every year. In 2011 he was fourth in Kona and this summer he knocked off Michael Raelert at Ironman Regensburg for his first ever Ironman victory. Dirk followed that up with a bronze medal behind Chris McCormack and Eneko Llanos at the ITU World Long Course Championship.
For 2012, Eric Begley (Senior Producer) and David Karabinas (Coordinating Producer) will be producing what most people consider the most important television show in triathlon, the NBC TV broadcast of the Ironman World Championship. They came on to talk about their love for the event, the rich history of the show, some of their favorite Ironman moments from over the years and their plans for this year’s coverage. This year the show will be airing on Saturday October 27 nationwide on NBC.
Jordan Rapp is the winner of five-not four-Ironman titles (sorry Jordan…..addition wasn’t a prerequisite for hosting a radio show). Fresh off his wins at both Ironman Texas and Ironman New York City this summer, Jordan came on to talk about his first shot at racing Kona coming up in a few weeks, how he has changed as an athlete and a person since his brush with death in 2009, and his plans for race week and race day. Having the Rappstar on the start line in Kona will certainly shake things up!
Three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander came on to chat about the impact Lance Armstrong had on his decision to race Kona this year, how the race changes without Chris Lieto in it, and his preparation for a shot at win number four in Kona.