Javier Gómez Noya – a brief review of his achievements as a professional triathlete

Javier Gómez Noya – a brief review of his achievements as a professional triathlete

Javier Gómez Noya (1983) is the winner of four ITU Triathlon World Championships, holds three ITU Triathlon World Cup titles, and won the Silver medal for Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in men’s triathlon. He has also won world titles for Ironman 70.3 and XTERRA Triathlon. Gómez took up triathlon at the age of 15 after previously playing football and competing in swimming. However his career suffered a setback in 2000 when a routine medical test by the Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD) revealed an “abnormal heart valve“, leading to a six-year battle between Gómez and the Spanish sporting authorities regarding his right to compete internationally. He initially won this right in November 2003, but he was not selected for the 2004 Summer Olympics and in 2005 the CSD banned him from international and domestic competition until February 2006. In the nine years from 2002 to 2010, Gómez took part in 57 ITU competitions and achieved 54 top ten positions, among which are 23 first place finishes. In 2003 and in 2008, Gómez was ITU Triathlon World Champion (both under-23 and Elite categories respectively in 2003). In 2007 and 2009 he was the Elite European Champion. He finished second in the World Championships in 2007 and was the runner up in 2011 ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in men’s triathlon Gómez was among the pre-race favourites to win. With 300 meters to go in that race, Jan Frodeno was the leader of a group made up of Gómez, Athens 2004 Silver medallist Bevan Docherty of New Zealand, and Sydney 2000 Gold medallist...
Who is Karl Egloff, the Aconcagua Summit record holder?

Who is Karl Egloff, the Aconcagua Summit record holder?

On February 19, Karl Egloff  set a new record on the Western Hemisphere’s Highest peak, logging the entire 50-mile endeavor in 11 hours, 52 minutes, nearly an hour faster than the previous record which was set only two months earlier by the most famous mountain runner ever, Mr. Kilian Jornet. Who is this guy that is snagging Kilian Jornet’s speed records? Egloff, 33, is a professional mountain guide from Quito, Ecuador. His father, Charly Egloff, was a Swiss mountain guide. After meeting his Ecuadorian mother in Switzerland the pair returned to her home country to explore the Andes. Charly started taking his son with him on expeditions at a very early age. By the time he was 15 years old, the young Egloff had already ascended mountains higher than 5,000 meters and 6,000m hundreds of times. Egloff, as a teenager, was drawn to soccer. At age 17 he moved to Switzerland to finish school. Between serving in the Swiss Army and attending university he trained to become a pro soccer player. After graduating with a Business Administration degree, Egloff returned to Ecuador and opened his guiding business, Cumbre Tours. Injury and age eventually dashed Egloff’s dream of playing professional soccer. He started mountain biking as a hobby, that led to racing, and after a year of racing he was named to Ecuador’s National Team and ended up racing in World Cup events. However his late entry into cycling prevented him from attaining the technical skills necessary to excel in international competitions. Three years ago, at age 30, Egloff shifted his focus towards guiding and altitude training. Once the porters...
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