[box style=”note”] Note from Bob Babbitt: I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing 7 of the 9 triathletes who have won gold medals at the Olympics. Enjoy these interviews. Can’t wait to interview the next two gold medalists in 2020! [/box]
Simon Whitfield: Sydney 2000
Filmed on location at the 2015 ITU Hall of Fame Gala in Chicago: Simon Whitfield came on to chat about his Olympic gold and silver medals, plus the huge prize money race he won at Hyvee on a day he thought about dropping out during the bike ride.
Hamish Carter: Athens 2004
Filmed on location at the 2015 ITU Hall of Fame Gala in Chicago: Hamish Carter took home the gold medal in 2004 for New Zealand with his countryman Bevan Docherty taking home the silver. He used the disappointment of not medaling in 2000 to fuel his training for the next four years.
Emma Snowsill: Beijing 2008
Filmed on location at the 2015 ITU Hall of Fame Gala in Chicago: Emma Snowsill was pushing herself to the point of exhaustion leading into the 2008 Olympics until her swim coach pulled her out of the pool a few weeks before the games and forced her to back off. Being more rested than ever, she had a gold medal day in Beijing.
Jan Frodeno: Beijing 2008
Filmed on location at Huggo’s in Kona during Ironman Week in 2014, when the Olympic Gold Medalist made his debut at the Ironman World Championship. Paul Huddle and I chatted with Jan about his Olympic experience.
Alistair Brownlee: London 2012
The day after winning the ITU race in San Diego in April of 2013, the Olympic gold medalist – and the best triathlete in the world – Alistair Brownlee and I sat down for a Q&A in front of a huge Tri Club of San Diego audience. This young man is very special.
LISTEN to the interview with Alistair Brownlee.
Nicola Spirig: London 2012
Nicola Spirig from Switzerland was born on February 7, 1982, one day after the classic race in Kona where Kathleen McCartney won the Ironman while Julie Moss crawled to the finish and immortality. Obviously destined to be a triathlete, Nicola started in the sport at the age of 10 and made her first Olympic Team in 2004 in Athens. In this wide-ranging interview we cover her three Olympic appearances, her sprint finish with Lisa Norden for the Gold in 2012 in London, her Ironman Cozumel win in 2015, and her long-time coaching relationship with Brett Sutton.
LISTEN to my Babbittville Radio interview with Nicola Spirig.
Gwen Jorgensen: Rio 2016
Filmed on location at the Island House Triathlon, October 2016: Gwen Jorgensen and her husband Pat Lemieux joined us to talk about how their partnership grew into the gold medal team that they are today. Gwen and Pat both shared their perspectives of that incredible race day in Rio. They also shared with us what life has been like post-gold medal, and their plans for the future.