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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:44 pm    Post subject: Triathlon mixed relay for the Olympics Reply with quote

The IOC has announced that there will be mixed relays in several sports at the 2020 Olympics, including triathlon -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/40226990

Unrelated, but it seems that the Madison is going to return to track cycling too Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good oh...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why...?!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not?

Much more exciting than team fencing.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always quite liked anything remotely violent.

Surely an Olympic longer distance race would make more sense, if a little harder to organise.

Few sports get the boys and girls to play together........sorry.
Guess it would be good to watch.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought it was really fun to watch at the Commonwealth Games.
Plus, I imagine it will make it much more likely AB will now focus on Tokyo with 2 potential golds on the line. He made reference to that fact yesterday after the race in Leeds.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stenard wrote:
I thought it was really fun to watch at the Commonwealth Games.

+1
Clearly the best crowd pleaser in regards to triathlon.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mungo wrote:


Surely an Olympic longer distance race would make more sense, if a little harder to organise.



And probably marginally less interesting than dancing horses. Even Olympic distance tri is boring to watch for much of the 2hrs let alone anything longer.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, Triathlon is a participation sport. Even yesterday's Leeds race I watched on iplayer and skipped through most of it. I did enjoy Rio though, but then it was a closer race.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hammerer wrote:
Mungo wrote:


Surely an Olympic longer distance race would make more sense, if a little harder to organise.



And probably marginally less interesting than dancing horses. Even Olympic distance tri is boring to watch for much of the 2hrs let alone anything longer.

Exactly right. The IOC don't like long events as I guess TV don't want to pay so much for it. I suspect that golf had to pay a fortune to get in. The mixed relay is exciting as triathlon gets as a spectator sport.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pedro Peru wrote:
hammerer wrote:
Mungo wrote:


Surely an Olympic longer distance race would make more sense, if a little harder to organise.



And probably marginally less interesting than dancing horses. Even Olympic distance tri is boring to watch for much of the 2hrs let alone anything longer.

Exactly right. The IOC don't like long events as I guess TV don't want to pay so much for it. I suspect that golf had to pay a fortune to get in. The mixed relay is exciting as triathlon gets as a spectator sport.


unless LD becomes draft legal, it won't make the olympics...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
Pedro Peru wrote:
hammerer wrote:
Mungo wrote:


Surely an Olympic longer distance race would make more sense, if a little harder to organise.



And probably marginally less interesting than dancing horses. Even Olympic distance tri is boring to watch for much of the 2hrs let alone anything longer.

Exactly right. The IOC don't like long events as I guess TV don't want to pay so much for it. I suspect that golf had to pay a fortune to get in. The mixed relay is exciting as triathlon gets as a spectator sport.


unless LD becomes draft legal, it won't make the olympics...


And that would make AB's day
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
Pedro Peru wrote:
hammerer wrote:
Mungo wrote:


Surely an Olympic longer distance race would make more sense, if a little harder to organise.



And probably marginally less interesting than dancing horses. Even Olympic distance tri is boring to watch for much of the 2hrs let alone anything longer.

Exactly right. The IOC don't like long events as I guess TV don't want to pay so much for it. I suspect that golf had to pay a fortune to get in. The mixed relay is exciting as triathlon gets as a spectator sport.


unless LD becomes draft legal, it won't make the olympics...


Even then it wouldn't be the most exciting viewing. On a flat stage of stage races I prefer the highlights but would happily watch a good mountain stage. I quite enjoy the marathon but again tend to dip in and out of watching until the last 5km or so.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The thing about the Olympics is that a large proportion of the viewers will only watch most of the sports on TV when they are in the Olympics. Therefore, if they are chasing TV ratings then you need to make the sport appealing to people who probably don't know much about it. Most people who take part in LD tri wouldn't tune in and watch a whole race, let alone the casual armchair sports fans who know nothing about it.

Given the usual limitation on athlete numbers, any increase in triathlon events was always going to have to use the same athletes for both events, which would rule out a "proper" LD tri.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I read somewhere that the IOC have an unwritten rule of not allowing any events longer than the marathon. (Albeit there are already events longer then the marathon but maybe they got in under the wire)
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