Donnerstag, 6. Oktober 2016

How Ironman helped Olympic Triathlon debuting in Sydney 2000

Lew Friedland, World Triathlon Corporation's 2nd president and involved in the acquisition of Ironman Hawaii from founder Valerie Silk for Dr. James P. Gills tells from the very early days. The 2016 Ironman Hall of Fame inductee shared some stories with Hallo of Famer Bob Babbitt about Ironman Lake Placid, Florida and Oceanside as well as how he helped get Triathlon into Olympics. He looked back to ongoing lawsuits with International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the then president Les McDonald, the involvement of IOC's Dick Pound, USOC's Peter Ueberroth and secret negotiations. A worthy way back then video on the history of the sport. While watching this interview, a reader should keep in mind, that Ironman was lobbying very hard at that time for inclusion into the Olympics (as well).