The Lionesses rightly enjoyed plenty of Football’s Coming Home singing after their recent success at Wembley in the Women’s Euro championships. Given what’s been happening in men’s swim/bike/run over the past couple of years, you might well say that Triathlon’s Coming Home this weekend.
To Norway that is, with the debut edition of the
Legacy in action
If you’ve been around sport for long enough, you’ll have regularly encountered the word ‘legacy’.
Regularly attached to major events such as the Olympic Games, in many instances it is used in relation to ensuring that the (vast) costs in staging them – and notably in building new facilities and infrastructure – has a sustainable life, long beyond the two weeks of excitement and medal tables.
The recent European Championships Munich relied heavily of course on the amazing surroundings of the 1972 Olympiapark in the city. By contrast, there are many tales of white elephant facilities crumbling away around the globe, still being paid for decades later.
Like most things of course, that’s just one element of legacy – and this Sunday’s World Triathlon Cup Bergen in Norway could readily encompass the concept in a different way.
We’ve seen WTCS Leeds in large part due to the profile and success of the Brownlee brothers. WCTS Bermuda too, I think we can safely say would not have found its way into the annual short course calendar without the remarkable exploits of Dame Flora Duffy.
In a similar manner, the consistent success of Kristian Blummenfelt, Gustav Iden, Casper Stornes and others is without question key to the arrival of a World Triathlon Cup event to their home town this Sunday. Norway has seen their athletes perform globally – and now they will get to see see them on home turf