Chris Lieto had the race of his life at the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship, led for the better part of the day, but ended up second to a fast closing Craig Alexander. He came on to discuss his thoughts on the race and the improvements in his running that came from spending six weeks in Mammoth training with Ryan Hall, Deena Kastor, Josh Cox and New York City Marathon champion Meb Kelflezighi.
Craig Alexander came on with us from Australia after his second consecutive Ford Ironman World Championship. Alexander made up over 12 minutes on Chris Lieto during the marathon to win a true Ironman Classic.
2007 Ford Ironman Champion Chris McCormack came in studio with us to talk about Ironman 2009.
She is now the three-time Ford Ironman World Champion. A week after her 8:54:02 World Record in Kona, Chrissie Wellington came in studio with us to chat about her background, her triathlon career and her unbelievable race. This woman is in a league of her very own.
Ronnie Schildknecht from Switzerland took fourth in Kona last year and, at the age of 30, is looked upon as someone who can one day win the Ironman. How about this for a little bit of an athletic pedigree? His grandfather raced in the Tour de France and Schildknecht, since he grew up playing tennis, actually went head-to-head with Roger Federer when they were both teenagers. Federer came out on top 6-4, 6-4.
Chris Lieto has always been considered one of the best cyclists in the sport of triathlon. But to win in Kona, he knew that he had to become a better runner. This summer he spent time up at Mammoth Mountain training with 2:06:17 marathoner Ryan Hall, Olympic Marathon Silver Medalist Meb Keflezighi and the American Record Holder at 50K Josh Cox to hopefully take his running to the next level. With Kona less than two weeks away, Chris Lieto can’t wait for race day!
How many athletes have gone from working at a zoo in Australia to the top ranks of the sport of triathlon? It’s a very short list consisting of the one and only Leanda Cave. This is an athlete who not only loves to race, but has a passion for giving back.
On October 10th, Chrissie Wellington will be trying to do something that only Dave Scott, Mark Allen, Paula Newby-Fraser and Natascha Badmann have done before: Win the Ford Ironman World Championship three times in a row.