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It was a busy day of racing Friday in Chicago! Bob Babbitt caught up with top-finishing paratriathletes, elite women and a couple of top coaches from the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final. Check back Saturday for more from Chicago.
Jamie Brown and JP Theberge
Amputee athletes Jamie Brown and JP Theberge talked about how fast and deep the competition has gotten. Watch the interview here.
Arron Scheidies and Ben Collins
Aaron Scheidies took his tenth ITU World Championship title with the help of his guide, Ben Collins. Watch the interview here.
Patricia Walsh and Jessica Meyers
Patricia Walsh, the author of Blind Ambition, came on with her guide Jessica Meyers to talk about the challenges they face both in training and on race day. Watch the interview here.
Michellie Jones and Katie Kelly
Michellie Jones and Katie Kelly from Australia are one step closer to the Paralympics with their gold medal win here this morning in Chicago. Watch the interview here.
Patty Collins left duty in Iraq unscathed, but was hit by a car when she was out training on her bike after returning home and lost her leg. Her enthusiasm for triathlon is contagious. Watch the interview here.
Allysa Seely was a top age-group triathlete at Arizona State when she lost her leg. Just a few short years later, she is one of the best amputee triathletes in the world, leading a U.S. sweep this morning. Watch the interview here.
Jon Beeson had an early vision for triathlon becoming a Paralympic sport. Being here in Chicago for the Paratriathlon World Championships a year before the first ever Paralympic event brought back great memories. Watch the interview here.
Andre Barbieri was snowboarding in Mammoth when he injured his leg so badly he needed to have it amputated. Representing Brazil, his goal is the Paralympic paratriathlon next year in Rio. Watch the interview here.
Cliff English is the long-time coach of four-time Olympian Hunter Kemper. How ready is Hunter to shock the world, finish top eight in the ITU World Championships tomorrow and qualify for Olympic team number five? Watch the interview here.
How did the American women become so dominant? A lot of it has to do with the hard work put in by the amazing Barb Lindquist. Watch the interview here.
24-year-old Taylor Spivey found out on Monday of this week that she’d be racing with the best women in the world in Chicago today. Getting big game experience is the name of the game! Watch the interview here.
Vicky Holland of the UK is Non Sanford’s roommate and training partner. She also needed a podium finish to clinch a berth on her second Olympic team. She was one happy third place finisher.
Watch the interview here.
Non Sanford, representing the UK, knew that if she finished on the podium today, she’d clinch her first trip to the Olympics. She finished a very happy second place. Watch the interview here.
12 wins in a row. 2 ITU world titles in a row. Gwen Jorgensen came to Chicago and showed the world what true greatness looks like. Watch the interview here.