Welcome to Part 3 of our 3rd annual Babbittville Countdown to Kona!
This year we are featuring 50 of our favorite Ironman sound bites from our Babbittville interviews.
Part 3 of the Kona Countdown:
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It doesn’t matter if you are a 6-time winner, like Natascha Badmann, or an Iron-Rookie finishing in 16 hours, Ironman World Championship finisher and race director Diana Bertsch knows that finishing the Ironman becomes a part of who you are for the rest of your life.
Listen to the interview with Diana here.
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Today on Kona Countdown is the first in a three-part series, spotlighting one of the greatest rivalries and battles in Ironman history. The IronWar between David Bailey and Carlos Moleda. The motocross star and Navy SEAL went head-to-head three years in a row in the handcycle division at the Ironman World Championship, with Carlos winning in ’98 and ’99. The tables turned in 2000, when, as David tells us, he had to dig deeper than ever before to answer the question: How Bad Do You Want It?
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Today on Kona Countdown is the second in a three-part series, spotlighting one of the greatest rivalries and battles in Ironman history. The IronWar between David Bailey and Carlos Moleda. David Bailey was a motocross star who was paralyzed during a training session. Carlos Moleda was a Navy SEAL who was paralyzed when he was shot in the back during a mission in Panama. The two went head-to-head at the Ironman World Championship in ’98 and ’99 with Carlos winning both times. The table was set for an epic battle in 2000 when David finally beat Carlos. Here is David’s coach, former Ironman pro Todd Jacobs on how David would need to face his fears and dig deeper than ever before to beat Carlos…
Listen to the interview with Todd here.
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Today on Kona Countdown is the third in a three-part series spotlighting one of the greatest rivalries and battles in Ironman history. The IronWar between David Bailey and Carlos Moleda. David Bailey was a motocross star who was paralyzed during a training session. Carlos Moleda was a Navy SEAL who was paralyzed when he was shot in the back during a mission in Panama. The three year battle between the two of them was special because the word disability and the wheelchairs disappeared. What we had on race day was two amazing athletes who wanted nothing more than to kick the others guy’s ass. Listen as Carlos Moleda, who won the handcycle division in Kona 5 times, sums up what makes racing there so special for athletes like himself and David Bailey.
Listen to the interview with Carlos here.
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Today we feature the two-time Ironman World Champion and Ironman Hall of Famer Lori Bowden Chestnut. She’s crossed the Kona finish line first two times, but also knows it’s important to find your victories wherever they may be, and to always treasure getting to the finish line…
Watch the interview with Lori here.
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Today we’re featuring a fun sound bite from the 2014 Ironman World Champion Sebastian Kienle, reflecting on his win. Sebastian reminds us: Happiness Is Only Real When It’s Shared with Friends
Listen to the interview with Sebastian here.
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Today’s Kona Countdown features one of the hottest triathletes on the planet, who has won just about everything….except the Ironman World Championship. Lionel Sanders has had some great race battles with Sebastian Kienle and loves going head-to-head with the best. We can’t wait to see Lionel put it all together and have an awesome race in Kona. Listen here to Lionel on what motivates him and pushes him to be his best.
Listen to the interview with Lionel here.
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Today’s Kona Countdown is a Throwback Thursday special: The classic tale of Cory Foulk and The Cruiser Bike . I chatted with Cory to get the full story on his Ironman World Championship day in 1996 on a 61-pound, $15 Schwinn Typhoon. Everything about the bike and Cory’s ride was classic! Enjoy this sound bite from the interview.
Listen to the interview with Cory here:
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Today’s Kona Countdown features the newest member of the Ironman Hall of Fame: Chrissie Wellington. In our most recent interview, the four-time Ironman World Champion reflected on her final race in Kona…..
Listen to the interview with Chrissie here.
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Today’s Kona Countdown features Rachel Joyce. Rachel finished 2nd in 2013, 3rd in 2014, and 2nd in 2015 at the Ironman World Championship. After taking 2016 off becoming mom to son Archie, she started back racing this year at Oceanside 70.3. After winning Ironman Boulder, Rachel decided to go full steam ahead on the road back to Kona this year. We chatted before her win at Ironman Mont Tremblant, and Rachel shared a bit about what motivates her…..
Listen to the interview with Rachel here.
View Part 1 of the Kona Countdown here.
View Part 2 of the Kona Countdown here.