The History of Triathlon as an Olympic Sport

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Drawing on more than 20 years of investing experience, Scott Bushley functions as a partner with Granite Point Capital, where his responsibilities include counseling the firm’s managing partner on business operations, human resources, and office infrastructure. Scott Bushley has completed more than 25 running races and triathlons.

A relatively new international sport, the triathlon didn’t make its Olympic debut until the 2000 Sydney Games. Its roots can be traced back to the early 1970s, when the San Diego Track Club sought a less strenuous alternative to track training. The club organized a program that consisted of a 10K run, an 8K cycling segment, and a 500-meter swim, and soon thereafter, the triathlon began growing in popularity throughout the region.

The sport gained worldwide recognition in 1989, when the International Triathlon Union was founded and the first ever World Championships were held. The Olympic competition begins with a 1,500-meter swim and is followed by a 40K cycling segment and a 10K run. Simon Whitfield of Canada and Brigitte McMahon of Switzerland were the first-ever male and female gold medal winners, respectively, while Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee is the only two-time Olympic champion, having won the gold medal in 2012 and 2016. Whitfield and Nicola Spirig of Switzerland are the only two others to win multiple medals.

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