Colorado Springs, CO. Hunter Kemper has tried three times to medal in the Olympics in the men’s triathlon. After being awed in 2000 in Sydney, Australia Kemper went home without a medal although he was the top ranked American going into the summer games. Again in Athens in 2004 he was the top ranked American and again went home without a medal. Yet again Kemper went into the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing as the top ranked American triathelete and again rode the long flight home without a medal.
2012 marks Hunter Kemper’s last shot at medaling in the Olympic Games. Going into London he feels the pressure but relishes the challenge. Kemper, having qualified this year, will be competing in all 4 of the triathlons that were introduced in 2000 for the first time. He is one of four athletes to qualify for all four years of the triathlon in the Olympics and is the only American to do so.
Kemper’s training regiment would make most people shiver at the amount of bodily effort. Weekly Kemper swims almost 18 miles, runs up to 60 miles and bikes up to 250 miles. Any athlete who participates in the Iron Man would shake their head at these totals.
As the Summer Olympic Games approach, keep an eye on the sneaky veteran Hunter Kemper and let’s all hope the fourth time is the charm and the long home flight is happier for Hunter and his family and let’s hope it’s with a gold medal.
Denver Sports Chat – Kris Loco