Tag: Olympic Triathlon
Jan Frodeno decided to do his first triathlon after watching the first ever Olympic triathlon on TV in 2000. Only eight years later, in 2008, he out sprinted the 2000 Olympic champion, Simon Whitfield, and won a gold medal of his very own in Beijing.
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.
Before Lukas Verzbicas, the fifth high school runner to break the 4:00 minute mile and two-time Footlocker Cross Country National Champion, was wheeled into surgery after a horrific bike crash late last summer, his parents were told that there was a good chance he would never walk again. Lukas came in studio to go through his early days of running and triathlon, his accident, his comeback and his plans for 2013 and beyond.
Let’s start with the fact that Kiwi Bevan Docherty has two Olympic Triathlon medals, a silver from 2004 and a bronze from 2008. He has stepped up to the longer distances and could be a huge factor come Kona in October. In his first Ironman in his hometown of Taupo, New Zealand, all he did was win by ten minutes, run 2:49 and break the course record. Nuff said?
Laura Bennett came into the ITU San Diego event in mid May knowing that she needed to be the first American woman and finish in the top nine to punch her ticket to London for her second Olympics. Laura is a woman who knows how to step up when everything is on the line.
Greg Bennett is one of the most successful short course triathletes in history, took fourth at the Olympics back in 2004, and has probably won more prize money in his career than any other multisport athlete. His goal for 2012 is to race the 5150, 70.3 and Ironman World Championships later this fall. You can tell from the interview that the man still loves what he does.