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.
The night before the finals in the Olympic 10,000 in London, coach and running legend Alberto Salazar felt confident enough to tell Mark Parker from Nike that his two athletes, Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, were going to take home the Gold and the Silver medals….and they did. Alberto came on the show to talk about the amazing athletes he coaches and how he uses both out-of-the-box training techniques and what he learned during his career to get the very best results.
Leo Manzano came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was just four years old. During some of the first running races he wore hiking boots and long pants. Leo has definitely come a long way. This past summer he became the first American to medal at the Olympic 1500 since Jim Ryun back in 1968 when he took home the silver. Leo has an awesome personality that comes through even over the phone.
Sally Kipyego came to the U.S. from Kenya and ran collegiately at Texas Tech where she won nine NCAA titles in basically only two years of racing. Now running for the Oregon Track Club, she took home a silver medal at 10,000 meters in Korea at the World Championships in 2011 and another silver medal at 10,000 meters at the 2012 Olympics in London. Besides being a great runner, she also has a nursing degree and each month Sally sends money home to Kenya so that her nieces and nephews can get the best education possible.