Charlotte native to compete in 4th Olympics triathlon

Charlotte native to compete in 4th Olympics triathlon

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by DAVE WAGNER / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on July 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 9:06 AM

LONDON – Charlotte native Hunter Kemper has to travel farther to win a medal than nearly anyone at the London Olympic games.

Kemper is a triathlete—swim, bike, run—a grueling journey through London on the way to gold.

“It's really intense racing," Kemper said.  “So, it's an open venue to everyone and so I think it will be real exciting."

From Hyde Park to Constitution Hill and Buckingham Palace, it’s about a mile swim, nearly 25 miles of cycling and 6.2 miles of running.

Swim first, bike second, run third—an exhausting day.

“If I’m winning, winning the race, I feel pretty good," Kemper said.

Kemper is a four-time Olympian and went to Wake Forest.  Even though he’s been to the games before, he said there’s nothing like the opening ceremonies.

"All the pomp and circumstance and getting all dressed up.  It's really unique and something special and something all Olympians can cherish and hold on to those memories."

This year he's captain of the U.S. triathlon team.  Kemper doesn’t need instructions—he’s a grounded guy who understands the Olympic games are more than just glory.

“I'll enjoy it,” Kemper said.  “I'll be wearing the red, white and blue and supporting my country and being proud to be a part of the opening ceremonies."

The entire race is one hour and 48 to minutes.

Hunter has been a triathlete since he was 10. Years old.  A month later, in his second race, he became the Ironkids national champion in his age group.

Hopefully he'll be an Olympic gold medalist when he competes on August 7.

 

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