Brad Snyder was injured by an IED blast in Afghanistan on September 7, 2011 and ended up losing vision in both eyes. Exactly one year later he took home a Paralympic gold medal from London. His comeback and his attitude are unbelievable.
Talk about a guy with an awesome personality. Chris Horner, the 2013 Vuelta a Espana champion, came on to chat about signing with a new team, going to bed hungry on a regular basis while training 500 miles per week, his Olympic experience, and why his wife Megan knows the location of every McDonald’s in Spain.
Coach Darren Smith brought three of his up and coming young triathletes to the studio and the interview was eye opening to say the least. In studio with us were 20 year old Aussie Declan Wilson, 24 year old Brit Jodie Stimpson and 29 year old American Lindsey Jerdonek. How good a coach is Darren Smith? Six of his athletes raced in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Gwen Jorgensen swam her first few years at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and then decided to run for the school for two seasons while also getting her CPA. She ended up winning Big 10 titles at both the 3,000 and the 5,000 meters in 2009. Barb Lindquist from USA Triathlon, formerly the number one triathlete in the world, discovered Gwen and asked her if she’d be interested in learning to race a bike and becoming a professional triathlete.
In 2011 Gwen made the U.S. Olympic Triathlon team, in maybe her 15th ever triathlon and, after racing in the 2012 Olympic triathlon in London, she won three WTS races in 2013 and has established herself as one of the best female triathletes in the world. She came on to talk about what has been an unbelievable transformation.
The day after winning the ITU race in San Diego, the Olympic gold medalist – and the best triathlete in the world – Alistair Brownlee and I sat down for a Q&A in front of a huge Tri Club of San Diego audience. This young man is very special. Enjoy the audio from our interview.
Javier Gomez just might be the most versatile triathlete in the world today. Besides winning the Hy-Vee Triathlon last summer, along with the $151,000 prize purse, he also has won the 2013 Escape from Alcatraz, which is non-drafting, the 2012 XTERRA World Off Road Triathlon Championship during his first ever XTERRA race, and a Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. In that race he averaged 44K per hour on the bike before getting off and running a blistering 29:15 10K.
Galen Rupp was named our 2012 Endurance LIVE competitor of the year. He came on to chat about meeting his long time coach Alberto Salazar, his training partner Mo Farah, and his Olympic silver medal at 10,000 meters.
Deena Kastor has a bronze medal from the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon, a 2:19:36 American Record for the distance, marathon wins in both Chicago and London, and a love of the sport that began when she was 11 years old and running the trails of the Santa Monica Mountains. On March 17th America’s most decorated female runner will be running a marathon for the first time ever in Southern California when she toes the line at Dodger Stadium for the LA Marathon.