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Greetings from Bob

In a few weeks we’ll be watching the fifth-ever Olympic Triathlon. Being in Sydney for that first Olympic Triathlon was one of the highlights of my life. Not only were the crowds off the charts, a sport that had only been created 26 years earlier in San Diego was selected to be the opening event of the games, and the Olympic coverage showcased triathlon to the world. The response to our sport - and our athletes - helped fuel the sport’s explosive growth throughout the next decade.

In this issue we showcase my conversations with six of triathlon’s Olympic Gold Medalists as well as some of 2016’s favorites.  We also look back at the amazing Hunter Kemper who went through hell just to make it to his fourth straight Olympics in 2012.

The Olympics are about beating the odds, never giving up, and having the perseverance to stay the course, no matter what. That’s exactly why Hunter’s journey to London was so special.

I hope you enjoy this edition of our Babbittville Newsletter. You can check out any of our podcasts on babbittville.com and, as always, I’d love your feedback, thoughts, and guest requests. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Breakfast with Bob: Non Stanford

You know it’s gonna be a good interview when you’re talking to someone holding a bottle of champagne. Loved chatting with the bubbly Non Stanford at the finish of the ITU Grand Final in Chicago where she had just made the British Olympic Triathlon team.

WATCH Breakfast with Bob: Non Stanford


Breakfast with Bob: Mario Mola

Mario Mola from Spain was happy just to make the Olympic team in 2012, but he is hoping to bring home some hardware from Rio. We sat down for a chat in Chicago before the ITU Grand Final in September.

WATCH Breakfast with Bob: Mario Mola


Breakfast with Bob: Gwen Jorgensen

She is the women’s favorite in Rio, after spending most of 2015 and 2016 ranked number 1 in the world, and winning an amazing 13 races in a row. Gwen Jorgensen has only been in the sport of triathlon a short time, after graduating with a degree in accounting and starting her career as a CPA for Ernst & Young before Barb Lindquist convinced her to give triathlon a try. The rest, as they say, is history.

WATCH Breakfast with Bob: Gwen Jorgensen


Fuel for the Fire

It is early January 2011. Three-time U.S. Olympic triathlete Hunter Kemper should be training or helping his wife, Valerie, with their three boys. But instead, he is lying motionless with an intravenous PICC line in his arm and, for the second time that day, he’ll be alone with his thoughts - and doubts - for 90 minutes. That’s three solid hours where he will do nothing but watch an IV filled with antibiotics drip ever-so-slowly into his body.

Not the best way to get ready to make an Olympic team.

 

 

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