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.
Josiah Middaugh just took second place at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui after winning the U.S. National XTERRA title in September. While he competes against the best off-road triathletes in the world, he is also a father of three who has to squeeze in his racing and training around a full time job back in Colorado. Middaugh is the epitome of a true multi-sport athlete since he also dominates at both the Teva Games and the Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon.
Jamie Whitmore has won more XTERRA events than any pro athlete in history. She ended up with 37 wins, five XTERRA USA Pro Championships and the XTERRA World Championship title in 2004. Her journey since the 2007 XTERRA World Championship race has been extraordinary to say the least. She now runs with crutches and rides the mountain bike basically with one leg. But she’ll be racing the Leadville 100 and her attitude is over the top. “Life doesn’t stop just because it changes,” Whitmore insists. “We can cry about how things are, or we can keep moving forward. I choose to move forward.”
Lesley Paterson is coming off a huge win at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui. Heather Jackson took fourth at the 70.3 Worlds in Vegas and second in Oceanside last spring to 2010 Ironman champion Mirinda Carfrae. Paterson, from Scotland, was the only girl on her rugby team growing up and Jackson played ice hockey at Princeton before trying to make the 2006 Olympic team. They came in studio with Huddle and me to talk triathlon, rugby, hockey and much, much more……
Jamie Whitmore has been to hell and back.To see the former XTERRA World Champion racing the national championships in Utah, this time on crutches and with a brace on her paralyzed leg, was unbelievable. She came on the show to share the joy and appreciation she has for her new life.
When he won his first of four XTERRA World Championship titles, Conrad Stoltz took home $20,000 US, which was worth the equivalent of $280,000 back home in South Africa. ‘The Caveman’ came on for a classic chat that covered his two Olympic experiences, his recovery from a horrific mountain bike crash that left him with a broken back, and his unbelievable 40 XTERRA victories.