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Ironman 70.3 Panama

  • The Ironman World Welcomes Lance Armstrong

    Some reaction to Lance Armstrong competing at Ironman events in 2012

    Dave Orlowski, one of the 12 original Ironman finishing competitors in the first Ironman competition is excited that Armstrong has decided to race Ironman. Orlowski, who finished third at that historic Ironman event on Oahu in 1978, has been coping with cancer himself over the past two years and the LIVESTRONG and Ironman partnership hits close to the home for the 56-year-old retired police detective.

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  • Getting ready for the Pro Panel. We'll be texting live from the Pro Panel here in Panama in the next few minutes.
  • Some Ironman athletes reflect on Lance Armstron's participation in Ironman:

    Dave Orlowski, one of the 12 original Ironman finishing competitors in the first Ironman competition is excited that Armstrong has decided to race Ironman. Orlowski, who finished third at that historic Ironman event on Oahu in 1978, has been coping with cancer himself over the past two years and the LIVESTRONG and Ironman partnership hits close to the home for the 56-year-old retired police detective.
    


    “The LIVESTRONG partnership, and with Armstrong racing Ironman, will show others that cancer is not a death sentence for those who are battling the disease or are in remission doing this event,” explained Orlowski. “This is a statement from the athletes and Lance Armstrong that will be positive and will give others the courage to do something that they may have thought was not possible because of their condition.”

    Wrapping up his thoughts, Orlowski said, “As one of the original 12 finishers from 1978, I continue to be amazed what Ironman has become and what people aspire to do to become Ironman. I wish Lance Armstrong the best of luck in Panama and welcome him to the Ironman family. I hope to see Armstrong qualify for Kona, and the excitement that would bring to the already exciting race.”

    Originally from: ironman.com
  • Chris Lieto at the More Than Sport booth

  • Leanda Cave and Magali Tisseyre

  • The Pro Panel begins:
    "What drew me here was that it is a Latin American Championship. The bike course looks super fun and challenging," says Chris Lieto.
  • Matty Reed:
    First race of the year - it would be great to put in a good performance.
  • Kelly Williamson:
    I like to race at this time of the year. (She's coming off a fast half marathon from a couple of weeks ago.) If you can maintain your fitness in the off season, it isn't hard to get things together quickly.
  • Ironman 70. Panama swim course preview with the race director.

  • Jimmy Riccitello on the return of Lance Armstrong.

  • Jimmy Riccitello on Lance Armstrong qualifying for Kona.

  • Jimmy Riccitello on Lance Armstrong racing in the heat.

  • What if Jimmy Riccitello went head to head with Lance Armstrong in a triathlon?

  • Good morning from Panama! It's already a hot and steamy day here - and the sun still isn't up. We are just under two hours from race start - pro men go at 6:50, pro women at 6:54.
  • An hour to race start. We are waiting in transition for Lance Armstrong to arrive. Most of the other pros have set up their bikes and are on their way to the swim start.
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