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Are you ready for the 2008 USA Olympics?!?
With just a few days to go, I thought it might be helpful to break down the details on the 2008 Beijing Olympics triathlon competition.
Olympics Triathlon Facts
Triathlon debuted in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney along with taekwondo.
Brigette McMahon (SUI) and Simon Whitfield (CAN) won triathlon’s first Olympic gold medals.
The 2008 men’s USA Olympic triathlon team consists of:
The females on the USA triathlon team include:
Here’s the complete list of 2008 Olympics triathlon participants.
The Olympic distance triathlon in Beijing is 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, and a 10km run.
The men’s and women’s triathlon competition will be held at the Ming Tomb Reservoir in northern Beijing. Competitors will begin the competition by diving into the reservoir and swimming one long lap.
The cycling and running portions of the event will take place on the reservoir dam and the roads surrounding the area. The cycling is a 6-lap course, and the run a 4-lap course.
The clock doesn’t stop for transitions, so the first person to complete the full course is the winner.
Here are some options for following the triathlon happenings of the 2008 Olympics:
- NBC Olympic Triathlon Schedule
- USA Triathlon news and updates
- Triathlete blog: Paul Tichelaar of Canada
- Official 2008 Beijing Olympics site
- ESPN Olympic news and highlights
- 2008 Olympics on the Internet
Okay, from this moment forward put your Olympic game face on, and get in the Olympic spirit!!
And finally, this one’s for all you newbies who think “just finishing” isn’t a worthy goal:
I’m over 40 years old, but I don’t give up easily. It wasn’t too long ago that I was exploring the idea of doing my first triathlon. If I can do it, you can too! I'm proof that with a little determination and training, you can get a great deal of fulfillment participating in marathons, triathlons… even ultramarathons.