Sunday, August 2, 2009

Brendan Hansen... wow!

Yeah, we did the same triathlon today. We're buds now. And yes, he really does look like this in real life. AMAZING!

So apparently Brendan Hansen is taking a little break from his world class breast stroke swimming to try his hand at triathlons. He has been training with T3 (though I haven't seen him at any practices I've been to recently) and picked Jack's Generic Triathlon for his debut. I've seen him before- he is sponsored by Pure Sport and has been at other races shilling their product. If you don't know him well, here is a little bit of his bio:

"Brendan won both the 100m and 200m breaststrokes for the fourth-straight year at the NCAA Championships and then went on to break the World Records previously held by Japan's Kosuke Kitajima at Olympic Trials in Long Beach winning his first Olympic team spot. Brendan followed his success at Trials with an Olympic Silver medal in the 100 Breaststroke setting a new Olympic record in the semis, Bronze in the 200 and Gold in the 400m Medley Relay, setting a new WR in the process. Brendan was named Male Swimmer of the Meet after sweeping the breaststroke events and winning gold on the world record-setting 400m medley relay at Short Course World Championships.

Brendan earned a gold medal and set a world record in the 400m med-relay at the 2008 Olympic Games and also placed fourth in the 100m breast. He qualified for the 2008 Olympics by placing first in the 100m breast at US Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska but failed to qualify for the 200 Breaststroke after a disappointing third place finish behind Texas training partners Scott Spann and Eric Shanteau. He lost his Olympic Gold medal on a flight home from Havertown, PA to Austin, TX. It was returned to him by a fellow passenger and Austin Resident the following day."

I think the most amazing thing was he went up to Coach Pain before the race and was all nervous and asking for last minute advice. My coach. Asking her advice. The same advice she gives me, she was telling him. Wow.

So he was first out of the water, but was 8th by the end of the bike and run. And that is not too shabby for your first triathlon. Not too shabby at all!

Brendan Hansen #767
Austin, TXAge: 28 Gender: M
Clock Time
Overall Place
38 / 813
Gender Place
38 / 514
Division Place
8 / 77
Swim 500M Rank
Swim 500M Time
Swim 500M Pace
T1 Time
Bike 13 8M Rank
Bike 13 8M Time
Bike 13 8M Pace
T2 Time
Run 3M Rank
Run 3M Time
Run 3M Pace


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Jane said...

Hi! Who are you? I mean, I know you're in T3 - have I seen you around? Say hi if you see me!