When this episode of the Totally Deep Podcast drops, Tim DeBoom will have just turned 51. Middle-aged, young at heart, and charging.
Triathlon is a sport we often associate with a windswept Hawaii. A place where DeBoom was near peerless. Whether swimming, cycling, or running DeBoom thrived in that scene. Legend status is due in this case. DeBoom’s name is synonymous with his sport’s performance metric gold standard: Ironman World Champion, and he is the last U.S. male to score that title. He was World Champion in 2002 and 2001, runner-up in 2000, and third in 1999.
DeBoom now calls Steamboat Springs, Colorado, home where he lives with his wife and daughter. In the mountains around town, DeBoom is no fish out of water. He’s become as comfortable with high-speed ascents, brisk skin-to-ski transitions, and 65mm underfoot bump runs as he once was whipping off the wetsuit and clicking into bike pedals.
For DeBoom, skimo is a passion and he wants to spread the skimo joy to kids in the local community.
In this episode, Doug and Tim speak in detail about sporting life Steamboat – a place with a long nordic skiing tradition and an Olympics including skimo on the horizon. DeBoom’s perspective on skimo’s inclusion is informed by the process triathlon experienced in the runup to the 2000 Sydney Games, the first to feature triathlon.
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