Why Triathlons Are Better Than the Winter Olympics

Like many triathletes around the world, you may have caught some – or lots – of the coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. During the times I tuned in I have been reminded over and over why triathlons are better than the Winter Olympics:

  • Triathletes get to wear a lot fewer items of clothing.
  • Triathlons, as a general rule, take place in warmer climes.
  • Ski boots: heavy and bulky. Running shoes: light and breezy.
  • At the Olympics, only the top three get medals. At triathlons these days, everybody gets a medal.
  • There are no stages of a triathlon in which you are required to carry a loaded weapon.
  • Events are almost never decided by judges.
  • After you finish your race, you can go right to the food tables without being stopped to be interviewed.
  • Most of the time, you get to sleep in your own bed.
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