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Drew Scott Follows His Famous Dad’s Footsteps

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Like father, like son: Drew Scott shows he takes after his legendary dad at the Boulder Peak Triathlon. .

Drew Scott spent the past few years focusing his athletic aspirations on cross country skiing at Montana State, but now it looks like he’s going into the family business after all.

Scott’s father, Dave, is a six-time Kona Ironman champion. Drew’s grandfather, Verne Scott, is one of the pioneers of the sport. Drew Scott, 20, qualified for the Kona Ironman two weeks ago at a half Ironman in Lubbock, Texas, and Sunday he won the elite amateur wave of the Boulder Peak Triathlon.

“It ended up being a good day for me,” said Scott, who finished the Olympic distance event in 2 hours, 34 seconds. Runner-up Jim Hallberg was 30 seconds behind.

Putting elite amateurs into a separate wave was a new wrinkle this year that made it easier on the top amateurs, because they weren’t in different age groups.

“I think it’s great they finally decided to add an elite amateur wave,” Scott said. “You know where you are. You’re not out there saying, ‘I feel like I’m going good, but who knows what place I’m in?’ ”

Until this year, triathlon was secondary to skiing for Scott and something he did in the summer. But he’s transferring to the University of Colorado, not to ski for the Buffs but to train like a triathlete year-round.

“I think it’s been a big step forward for me this summer,” Scott said. “I’ve finally committed to triathlon.”

Scott is coached by his father, who was there Sunday to watch his son and about 30 other athletes he coaches.

Read more: The Denver Post