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Researchers Think They Know What's Killing Triathletes

Triathlons are 2 to 3 times more deadly than marathons

(Newser) - Researchers believe they may know why so many people die during triathlons compared to other races, such as marathons. Approximately 1.5 people die out of every 100,000 who participate in a triathlon—which includes running, biking, and swimming portions, LiveScience reports. That's two to three times the... More »

Gwen Jorgensen Wins US Its First Ever Triathlon Gold

She was a massive 40 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor

(Newser) - Gwen Jorgensen gave the US its first Olympic triathlon gold medal Saturday, crushing the field at breezy Copacabana Beach in 1 hour, 56 minutes, and 16 seconds, the AP reports. Nicola Spirig of Switzerland, who won gold in London four years ago when Jorgensen was bamboozled by a flat tire,... More »

Boy With Cerebral Palsy Inspires in Triathlon Finish

Bailey Matthews was determined to finish without his walker

(Newser) - His name is Bailey Matthews. He's an 8-year-old boy in UK who has cerebral palsy, and images of him completing a triathlon have gone viral, reports CBS News and . Bailey ditched his walker near the finish line and got there on his own, despite falling twice. The... More »

Boy, 8, Carries Disabled Brother Through Triathlon

6-year-old has rare brain condition

(Newser) - Because of a rare brain condition, 6-year-old Lucas Aldrich has a shortened life span and doesn't have the ability to walk, talk, or eat by himself—but the Idaho boy has got a pretty amazing older brother. Noah, 8, is his best friend and tries to involve him in... More »

Triathlete Dies in NYC Ironman

43-year-old died in initial swim portion of grueling race

(Newser) - A 43-year-old man competing in the first New York City Iron Man triathlon died yesterday, after experiencing "distress" during the 2.4-mile swimming portion, reports DNA Info . He was pulled from the water and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. "On behalf of all... More »

Triathlete Attacked by Crazed ... Otter

Minnesota woman bitten 25 times

(Newser) - Triathletes face some serious challenges—but bloodthirsty otters aren't usually among them. While preparing for her second Ironman Triathlon, a Minnesota woman was attacked by just such a creature, which bit her 25 times before she was rescued. Leah Prudhomme was in the midst of a half-mile swim in... More »

Panic Attacks May Explain Triathletes' Deaths

It often sets in during the swimming portion, writes competitor

(Newser) - At least nine people died this summer during triathlons, and one competitor has a theory about what's going on: panic attacks, specifically during the swimming portion of the race. As in earlier years, almost all the deaths (eight, in this case) occurred in the water, writes David Brown in... More »

Mini Japanese Robot Preps for Ironman Triathlon

Evolta has already climbed Grand Canyon

(Newser) - It’s no bigger than your hand, but a Panasonic robot is ready to take on a supersized task: The Evolta, which has already clambered up the walls of the Grand Canyon, will soon take on one of the hardest triathlon courses on the planet. Hawaii’s Ironman Triathlon “... More »

NYC Triathlon May Change Rules After 2nd Death

Illinois mom, 40, died yesterday

(Newser) - The New York City Triathlon may change its swimming portion after another participant in this year's event died. Amy Martich, 40, was found by another swimmer floating face down during Sunday's swim; she died at a hospital early yesterday. Michael Kudryk, 64, had a heart attack during the... More »

Man Dies in NYC Triathlon

40-year-old woman also hospitalized, in critical condition

(Newser) - A 64-year-old man died yesterday after suffering a heart attack during the swimming portion of a triathlon in New York City, reports the Wall Street Journal . It was the second ever fatality for the Nautica New York City Triathlon, and the first since 2008. A 40-year-old woman was also taken... More »

Woman Saves Man's Life, Then Finishes Triathlon

Teresa McCoy hopped back on bike after ambulance took him away

(Newser) - A hero in Florida yesterday saved a man’s life … then promptly hopped back on her bike and finished the triathlon she was competing in. Teresa McCoy, a 37-year-old nurse, met the man before the race began and spoke to him briefly. As she was about to finish the... More »

Athlete Critical After Triathlon

Summer heat hospitalizes 12 competitors

(Newser) - A heatwave took its toll on yesterday's New York City triathlon, with one 31-year-old man rushed to the hospital in critical condition after he collapsed just short of the finish line, and 11 other competitors hospitalized. Some 3,000 people competed in temperatures reaching close to 95 degrees. As might... More »

Man Attempts 12K-Mile, London-to-Everest Triathlon

Eleven month, 12,000-mile journey would be world's first

(Newser) - Charlie Wittmack is attempting what is most likely the most extreme test of physical endurance ever attempted by a human. The 36-year-old Iowa man plans to swim down the River Thames and across the English Channel, then bike 9,000 miles to Calcutta, then run 950 miles, starting from sea... More »

Cycling May Take Toll on Sperm Quality

(Newser) - Men who train vigorously on bicycles have low sperm quality verging on infertility, LiveScience reports. A recent study of Spanish triathletes found that those who rode more than 180 miles a week saw the percentage of healthy sperm drop from a group average of 10% to 4%. “We found... More »

Pickle Juice Joins Ranks of Odd, Cheap Sports Foods

(Newser) - During a recession, even endurance athletes have to watch their wallets. Increasingly, the Boston Globe reports, marathoners and pro athletes are turning to cheap, readily available means of replacing carbs and electrolytes—even if that means pounding pickle juice. “It’s been a hidden secret,” said the maker... More »

J.Lo Blows Off Runway for Triathlon

'Injured' diva snubs Heidi Klum, then competes

(Newser) - Jennifer Lopez abruptly canceled her guest judging appearance on Friday's Project Runway finale because of an alleged foot injury, but she regained her footing awfully fast, MSNBC reports. The singer-actress turned around and completed her much-hyped first triathlon yesterday in less than 2½ hours, and Runway host Heidi Klum is... More »

US Athletes Weigh Wearing Masks in Beijing

Specially designed masks would blunt smog—and irk hosts

(Newser) - To protect its athletes from Beijing’s polluted air, the US Olympic Committee has secretly developed a mask for them to wear during next month’s Games, the Wall Street Journal reports. But if the 600-plus American Olympians decide to wear the high-tech filter, they risk insulting their Chinese hosts—... More »

Swimmer Dies During NYC Triathlon

First death in race's 8-year history may be due to cardiac arrest

(Newser) - An Argentinian man died after experiencing difficulties midway through the swim portion of the New York Triathlon yesterday, the Daily News reports. He was pulled out of the water after fellow swimmers noticed him struggling, and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Initial reports indicate that cardiac arrest was the... More »

World's Best Athlete? Never Heard of Her

Move over, Bo Jackson: Sheila Taormina has conquered 3 sports

(Newser) - The greatest athlete in the world today is 5'3'', 115 pounds, and named Sheila Taormina. You've probably never heard of her, but you should give this "force of nature" your attention now, writes ESPN the Magazine. Poised to become the first woman ever to compete at the Olympics in... More »

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