Macca sits down for a chat with the ITU in his first ITU race since 2004
Sit back and watch this candid, no holds barred
interview with Australian legend Chris McCormack. In a frank
conversation before his comeback race in KitzbÃ¼hel this weekend,
McCormack is his normal open and honest self covering some hot topics,
including his return to ITU racing and his quest for Olympic selection.
â€˜Macca’ also discusses how he first started in the sport, his early
races, the evolution of his career, the disappointment of not making
the Australian Olympic team and his greatest achievements. He’s
forthright about his move from ITU to Ironman and back again, and
McCormack also talks about what he feels is needed if anybody is to
topple the Brownlees and Gomez in London.
McCormack quickly rose to become world number one after first appearing
on the professional triathlon circuit in 1996. Having won almost every
major standard distance global triathlon event, Macca was the first male
triathlete to win both the ITU World Championships and ITU World Cup
Series in the same year. In 2002, Macca shifted his attention to long
distance competition where his success continued, becoming Ironman World
Champion in 2007 and 2010.
Some excerpts from the interview:
My wife calls this my midlife crisis. I’m not buying a fast car, I’m
returning to the fastest most competitive triathlon racing in the world.
To bring my children to an Olympic games, for my career to go full
circle, to finish where it started, I could walk away from the sport on
the day of that closing ceremony. IT would be a dream come through â€“ a
I know what I’m capable of, I know that Javier, the Brownlees, the
German kids, they’re quicker than I was when I was at my best, but what
I know I have got, it’s that I’ve got nothing to lose, and somebody
who’s got nothing to lose can be very, very dangerous.
Sit back and enjoy this extended interview with Chris McCormack.
The elite men’s race starts at 14:30 (local time) on Saturday 18 June.
Click here to view the men’s start list
The elite women take over KitzbÃ¼hel on Sunday, starting at 12:30 local time.
Click here to view the women’s start list
Find more details about this event – 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Series Kitzbuehel
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