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Run Length Reduction Considered for 2020 Olympic Triathlon

Triathlon Photo by Victoire Joncheray on Unsplash
Triathlon Photo by Victoire Joncheray on Unsplash

The recipient of an MBA in finance from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, Scott Bushley is an investment management professional who draws upon more than 20 years of relevant experience in his role as a partner at Granite Point Capital. Outside of his professional pursuits, Scott Bushley enjoys athletic endeavors like hiking, skiing, and biking. He has also completed several triathlons.

The triathlon event has been part of the Olympic program since the 2000 Sydney Games. The multi-sport event involves a 1,500-meter swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride, and 10-kilometer run, although this could change for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Officials are considering reducing the length of the run due to rising temperatures in the Asian country; more than 55 people in Japan were killed as a result of extreme temperature levels from late July to August 15, 2019.

Qualification for the triathlon event at the 2020 Olympics began on August 14, 2019, but due to expected temperatures in excess of 30 degrees Celsius and humidity of more than 82 percent, the 10-kilometer run was shortened to five kilometers. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) will review the qualifying event and determine if additional changes are required.

In addition to shortening the run distance, the ITU has already implemented earlier race start times, added extra water stations throughout the course, and revised heat stress protocols to combat extreme temperatures. The 2020 Tokyo Games will run from July 24 to August 9.

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Characteristics of a Good Youth Sports Coach

The recipient of an MBA in finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, Scott Bushley leverages more than 20 years of experience in the financial services sector to provide leadership and strategic direction for the Granite Point Capital, a hedge fund in Boston. Outside of his professional pursuits, Scott Bushley serves on the Board of Directors of the Cohasset Youth Baseball & Softball Association and has been a youth baseball coach for the past six years.

Youth sports coaches play an integral role in the enjoyment and skill development of young athletes. While winning is a desired outcome, a good youth coach helps his or her players cope with disappointment, learn from mistakes, and develop resilience. They should also be adept in teaching social and team skills and provide positive reinforcement.

While reinforcing good habits or plays is an important aspect of coaching at the youth level, coaches can still emphasize areas of improvement through effective feedback. An effective coach will start by identifying something positive before noting a particular skill that needs to be improved.

In addition, effective youth sports coaches should be patient and teach respectful behavior and good sportsmanship practices to their players.