World Champion Triathlete and USA Triathlon Olympic Team Member
Joe Maloy
August 25, 2016
Hello!

I just got home from the Olympics, and you'd think this would be easy to write. It should be fun telling you about living out a lifelong dream, about running down the Copacabana strip to choruses of "Let's go, Joe!" and "U-S-A!" about crossing an Olympic finish line with nothing left in the tank. If you're thinking it was incredible, then you're right-it was incredible.  

If you're thinking it was fulfilling, then that one is harder to answer. Reality is always more complex than we imagine. It's a cruel irony that the same attitude which fueled my drive to the Olympics is the one that keeps me from feeling fulfilled now that the flame is extinguished.  The process to even compete at an Olympic Games is long and arduous, but you already knew that. The part that you might not be so quick to recognize is that it involves failure-lots and lots of failure. Olympians practice everyday to correct the previous day's shortcomings.  We strive to be "faster, higher, stronger" than the day before. Day..., after day..., after day...    

I'm very proud about certain aspects of my Olympic effort, but I'm bitterly disappointed with others. I readily accept the importance in recognizing aspects of my race that need to be improved, but I've had more difficulty enjoying the scope of this accomplishment. I think that you, my supporters, deserved more than I could deliver in Rio.  

The Olympic creed states:
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.   



Perhaps the final chapter to every Olympic story centers on the hero's search for the awareness he/she "fought well."  Your cheers, messages, letters, facetimes, voicemails, Facebook posts...(damn, there are a lot of ways to stay in touch in 2016) validate my struggle.  Conversely, I hope your investment in my struggle has added some meaning to yours, as well. Your love, energy, time, and support through this Olympiad made my struggle meaningful, and together we fought well. 
Thank you to my family, friends, community, and sponsors 
for your unwavering and powerful support!

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."

Seneca, but popularized by Semisonic with their 1998 smash-hit, "Closing Time" 
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2016 Rio Olympic Games
23rd - Top American
1:48:30










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2016 Race Schedule and Results
DATE
RACE
PLACE
TIME
2/20
UCSD Tritonman Triathlon
1st
0:54:02
3/4-5
Abu Dhabi WTS
49th
1:51:10
4/2-3
New Plymouth World Cup (Sprint)
18th
0:54:00
4/7
Gold Coast WTS
6th
1:47:53
5/14
Yokohama WTS
 11th
1:47:16
6/12
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
1st 
2:05:45
7/16 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg
28th
0:53:37
7/17 ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, Hamburg (with Gwen Jorgensen, Ben Kanute, Kirstin Kasper)
1st
1:20:29
8/18
Rio Olympic Games
 23rd
1:48:30
9/11 Beijing international Triathlon

10/28-30 Island House Invitational Triathlon (Bahamas)

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