Susan Williams' Guide to Watching the Triathlon

Susan Williams' Guide to Watching the Triathlon

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Gear bin: Anytime athletes leave the transition area, they cannot leave any equipment lying on the ground. (Each is given a bin to keep his or her gear in.) The consequence is a time penalty that will have to be served at some point on the next leg of the race.

Lapping: If on the bike course, any athlete is lapped by the lead group, the lapped athlete is disqualified from the race. [Editor’s Note: Harsh!]

Helmets: Any time during the race when an athlete is touching her bike, she is required to have her bike helmet on and the chinstrap buckled.

Game Changers

2008: Rule #1, about gear needing to be kept in a bin, was adopted. The rule did not apply in the first two Olympics in which triathlon was a part (2000 and 2004).

2012: Technology for wetsuits has increased dramatically. If this event is “wetsuit legal,” meaning temperatures are below 68 degrees Fahrenheit, look out for the TYR Freak of Nature wetsuit. It is incredible!!

2012: In general, triathletes are evolving into faster and faster runners. Don’t be surprised if one of the men hits a sub 30-minute 10k and a woman is in the 32-minute range.

Athletes to Watch
Hunter Kemper (USA):
Kemper, 36 and a father of three, has represented the U.S. in three Olympic Games. He placed 17th in Sydney in 2000, 9th in Athens in 2004 and 7th in Beijing in 2008. @hunterkemper

Laura Bennett (USA):
The 37-year-old triathlete placed fourth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She has a great chance of securing a medal for the U.S. @LauraRBennett

Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee (Great Britain):
The Brownlee brothers (24 and 22, respectively) have had many great finishes over the past several years and now they are on their home turf. @AliBrownleetri and @jonny_brownlee

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