I am going to the Olympics!
Joe Maloy
May, 2016

I am going to the Olympics.  

After a lifetime of dreaming, I really can't find the words to express what writing that sentence really means.  There is something about the Olympics that has always appealed to me. Occurring once every 4 years, it's an event that inspires humanity to rethink our limitations. Differences are set aside and athletes from around the world inspire us to celebrate the things we share.

Limitations define us as human-but what, exactly, are those limitations? The answer for each of us lies within. This has been the driving force motivating my work in triathlon, and it's the message I want to send all of you. We can do incredible things with hard work, persistence, belief, and support.  

The support I've received along the way has been incredible. I don't know anybody else whose hometown would shut down the streets and let out the schools to welcome me home. These demonstrations of support-from the big acts to the smaller texts, messages, and comments-serve as a testament to the support that has gotten me here.  

These acts of support enabled me to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, and serve as a warning to my competitors: World class support produces world class results. Thanks to all of you for making this dream a reality.  

If you're in the South Jersey area and would like to celebrate, my hometown Wildwood Crest, is hosting a celebration  this Friday in Centennial Park at  6:00pm. I look forward to you joining, either in person or in spirit, as we celebrate the work thats been done and prepare for greater achievements this summer.  

Welcome Home Parade

What an incredible homecoming! Special thanks to Lauren Belasco Zuccarello, John Lynch, Vicki Ott Lynch, Wildwood Catholic Crusaders,Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol (WCBP), Wildwood High, and the communities of North Wildwood, Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, and West Wildwood for putting all of this together! For more on the parade, see "Wildwoods hold parade to celebrate Team USA's newest member" (Press of Atlantic City, by Michael Miller, May 16, 2016)
 

video from press of Atlantic City



Media

on the big screen at Fenway Park





Joe Maloy, Greg Billington and Ben Kanute are the three men who will represent the United States in triathlon at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. Each earned his first Olympic appearance through a rigorous selection process that concluded Saturday at the ITU World Triathlon Series race in Yokohama, Japan.

Maloy, 30, has recorded a series of top-20 finishes bridging the end of last season to this year, including a best of sixth at the World Triathlon Series Gold Coast event last month. He then took 11th in Yokohama Saturday, which boosted his World Triathlon Series ranking to 16. He closed 2015 placing seventh at the Cozumel ITU World Cup, followed by an 11th-place effort at the Tongyeong, South Korea, event a week later. The second American across the line and 16th overall at the Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification Event, he was fourth at the 2015 national championships after winning the title in 2014. He also has a bronze medal to his credit, won at the 2014 Cozumel world cup.

A four-year member of the Boston College swim team, Maloy then became an assistant coach at the school for two more. He won 12 varsity letters (cross country, track, swimming, tennis) at Wildwood Catholic High School in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. [Read full article]




5 of 6 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team Spots Solidified, by Triathlete.com, May 14, 2016.

"Joe Maloy, Greg Billington and Ben Kanute all met the qualification standards to compete in the Olympic Games this summer in Rio after Saturday's WTS Yokohama race.
Maloy led the way for the U.S. men in Yokohama, finishing 11th and confirming his nomination to the men's U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team as the top-ranked man in the USA Triathlon Objective Rankings System.

"I really didn't think about it too much [during the race]. I was just thinking of catching the guys in front of me. But there was definitely a moment, probably around 5k to go, where I realized if you just hold on and you keep moving, you're going to get your ticket," Maloy said. "You dream of this situation in your head: You're running and you realize you're going to make the Olympics. And realize a lifelong dream." [Read full article]





"Joe Maloy left his coaching position at Boston College six years ago in hopes of becoming a world-class triathlete.

"I wanted to go to the Olympics," Maloy said Saturday morning in a phone interview from Japan. "A lot of people thought I was crazy, and I probably am. But I knew if I didn't pursue it then, the opportunity wouldn't come again."

No one thinks he's crazy now.

Maloy is going to the Olympics. [Read full article]






by Brian Cunniff, May 7, 2016

" Joe Maloy has chased his dream all over the world.
The 2004 Wildwood Catholic High School graduate has been to such faraway places as South Africa, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand over the past six years, all to further his chances of qualifying for the United States Olympic Team in triathlon racing.

But when he travels to such far-off destinations or trains near his current home in San Diego, Maloy is never far from his Wildwood Crest roots in spirit...[Read full article]
Wildwood Catholic High School's Tribute: Red, White & Blue Dress Down Day

Thanks,  Wildwood Catholic High School, for such an awesome tribute. From 2000-2004, my WCHS teachers, coaches, and classmates taught me what it meant to have faith, to work for ideals, and to use that work to make the world a little bit better. You're sitting where I sat 9 years ago. JUST KIDDING, Math Department! I know it was 12, but it doesn't feel like it ;-)

I continue to apply those same principles I practiced at WCHS in my work to quali fy for the 2016 Olympic Games. To everyone at the assembly tomorrow--in person and in spirit--thanks for being involved. And this wouldn't be high school if I didn't give you some homework...so here it is: remember to say "thank you." No one ever accomplishes anything great alone.

Joe Maloy
WCHS '04

P.S. Thank you for the Red, White, and Blue dress down day! Happy to be a reason to get  WCHS Students out of wearing their school uniforms for a day ;-)

2016 Race Schedule and Results
DATE
RACE
PLACE
TIME
2/20
UCSD Tritonman Triathlon
1st
54:02
3/4-5
Abu Dhabi WTS
49th
1:51:10
4/2-3
New Plymouth World Cup (Sprint)
18th
54:00
4/7
Gold Coast WTS
6th
1:47:53
5/14
Yokohama WTS
 11th
1:47:16
6/11-12
Leeds WTS
 

6/18-19
Kitzbuhel WTS
 

8/18
Rio Olympic Games
 



WTS Yokohama - running into the top Olympic qualifying spot
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