500 DAYS TIL RIO- TRIATHLETES GET THEIR SKATES ON

Ali brownlee Olympics

Today marks 500 days until the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. I know! Seems like not that long ago Ali Brownlee destroyed the field (and nearly himself) in Hyde Park.

He’s already worked out how much training that leaves him to regain his title…

His brother, and bronze medal winner, Johnny tweeted his excitement at the somewhat intimidating milestone…

A spectacular opening ceremony is scheduled for the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on 5 August, 2016, and will be followed by 16 days of sporting drama.

Triathlon will take place on 18 and 20 August, with the men’s event first to take place. 55 men and 55 women will take to Copacabana Beach with dreams of following Alistair Brownlee and Nicola Spirig (SUI) as the next Olympic champions.

Olympic Champion, Alistair Brownlee, said: “500 days sounds like a long time, but the Olympics is at the forefront of my mind now.”

British Triathlon’s selection criteria offers an opportunity for early nomination to Team GB by winning a medal at both the Rio test event this August and the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago in September.

Former ITU world champion Helen Jenkins is looking ahead…

And Non Stanford has her mind firmly focussed on August this year for an opportunity to experience what the Rio 2016 Olympic Games might be like.

She said: “My focus is very much on qualifying for my first Olympic Games. The perfect scenario would be to get 500 days of consistent training between now and Rio, but I’m prepared for a few ups and downs along the way.”

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