London Cheer Permeates Men’s Triathlon


LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain, Javier Gomez of Spain and Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain compete in the Men’s Triathlon on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hyde Park on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Which sport warrants more recognition?


Triathletes train excessively hard in swimming, cycling and running – yet the mainstream media pays far more attention to footballers.  Imagine training 35-40 hours a week in these three arduous endurance events and not getting recognised. For example, we bumped into women’s triathlon gold medalist Nicola Spirig at Heathrow Airport and noticed that no one recognised her. Her meekly demeanor eclipsed the fact her carry on luggage comprised a beautiful gold medal, which she kindly showed us.

Triathlon fascinates me!  This challenging sport recently captivated my heart. For this reason, I faced the immensely huge crowd in Hyde Park to watch the sport given to us by the French in the 1920s.

London cheer permeated the Olympic triathlon atmosphere on day 11 of the Olympic games. The contagious enthusiasm spread to even the grumpiest of men, so it’s no wonder  weirdos now sell empty bottles of “London Olympic atmosphere” on E-bay.

Yorkshire brothers: Alistair Brownlee, 24, and Jonathan Brownlee, 22

Spain’s Javier Gomez, 29

South African Richard Murray, 23

Viewing the race with a professional triathlete took the guesswork out of the gruelling 34-mile event. It truly made the race more exciting! We wanted the South African “dark horse” Richard Murray to win the race, but nevertheless we were still very excited to see Alistair Brownlee win gold, Spain’s Javier Gomez take silver, and Jonathan Brownlee win bronze.

The remaining 51 competitors proved no match to the fabulous Brownlee brothers and Javier Gomez.

Thanks to Alistair Brownlee – Britain’s received its first ever Olympic gold medal in triathlon.  Now prepare yourselves for their autobiography, which they’ve already completed with the help of ghostwriter Tom Fordyce. I’m sure there will be a bidding war among interested publishers over the rights to distribute the Brownlee’s autobiography.

These boys may be triathlon’s ticket to make the sport even more popular. Triathlon’s red hot right now.

V xx

Javier Gomez, Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee

One comment on “London Cheer Permeates Men’s Triathlon

  1. Great article! And congrats to the medal winners for sure.

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