Sport of Triathlon
Triathlon is a relatively new sport that was
born in the United States and became popular in the mid ‘80s.
Distances range from short "sprint" races to the
well-known Ironman distances. "Olympic distance" triathlon
has grown into a mature competition that was the featured event at
the 2000 Sydney, Australia Summer Olympics and continues to be a
summer Olympic sport. Triathlon is a
multi-sport event that includes a swim race, followed by a bike
race, followed by a running race. All three races are then timed as
one event. The clock runs from the start of the swim until the end
of the run. There are both age group and professional competitions.
International Triathlon Union World Championships are held annually
at different locations throughout the world. In 1998, those
championships were held in Lausanne, Switzerland, home of the
International Olympic Committee. US athletes Siri Lindley and Barb
Lindquist, ranked 1 and 2 in the world in 2002, were soundly beaten
in that race by the Australians who
finished 1, 2, 3. Barb was considered a top contender for a gold medal at the
2004 Olympic Games, ultimately finishing ninth in that competition. The US needs to attract a new wave of young athletes to
carry on that kind of progress and help the country compete in the sport it created.