In this wide-ranging interview with Andrew Messick, on the three year anniversary of becoming the CEO of Ironman, we covered everything from his time with the NBA and AEG, Lance Armstrong, the globalization of the Ironman brand, and what he feels is his greatest accomplishment so far.
Ricky James started racing motocross when he was all of 10 years old. By the age of 16 he was one of the best up and coming riders around. Then a crash changed everything and James was paralyzed from the waist down. In 2008, with the help and support of motocross legend – and the 2000 Ironman champion in the handcycle division – David Bailey, Ricky James finished the Ironman World Championship in his first attempt. After a few years away from the sport, Ricky James is back racing triathlons and loving it more than ever.
Peter Henning, the 2013 Ironman Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee, was given his first camera by his father when he was only six years old. He came on with us to discuss his unbelievable career shooting and producing great television.
Meredith Kessler has completed an amazing 46 Ironman events and won four Ironman titles. Even as a teenager she liked nothing better than to go out for a ten mile run on her own, or swim countless laps in the pool. Her first ever triathlon, believe it or not, was an Ironman. Meredith came on with us a few days after helping out at a Challenged Athletes Foundation event, www.challengedathletes.org, at VeloSF that raised over $55,000 for athletes in need.
Tyler Stewart has made the move from professional triathlete to ultrarunner and will be attempting her first Western States 100 next weekend. She is an Ironman champion who gave up a sport with prize money and sponsorship for the pure love of the trails. The big question, of course, is why.
Six-time Ironman Champion Dave Scott walks us through the aftermath of Chrissie Wellington’s horrific bike crash leading into the 2011 Ironman World Championship. His feeling was that, without the crash, Chrissie was ready to destroy the course record in Kona. How fast could she have gone? Try between 8:26-8:31!
Carlos Moleda is a true endurance sports legend. He was a Navy SEAL when he was paralyzed while on a mission in Panama back in December of 1989. Since then he has won four Ironman World Championship titles, completed the Race Across America with a team of handcyclists and is now gearing up to do an 800 mile off-road race in Australia.
Andrew Messick left his position as the President of AEG Sports, the owners of the Amgen Tour of California, to become the CEO of the World Triathlon Corporation, the owners of the Ironman. It was great to get a chance to chat with Andrew, a two-time Ironman finisher himself, about the differences he sees between the world of cycling and the world of triathlon.