Transplant Games of America 2018

My first US Transplant Games (officially the “Transplant Games of America”)! While I’ve been to three Aussie Games and one World Games (Malaga), I had never attended the games in the states, despite living in the US for six years post-transplant.

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The Spirit of the Games

While most people ask, “How did you go in the games?”, the competition and results are just a container for the people and the stories that unfold over the events and days.

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Kristen gets her first medal of the games, a bronze in cycling!
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Team Oz on their way to the opening ceremonies, Skippy in tow

Virtual Triathlon

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Some of the transplant triathletes

The not-so-Great Salt Lake?

While there’s not a lot of spare time at the games if you’re competing and supporting your teammates or friends, you have to eat and navigate the city a bit. Salt Lake has a few surprisingly good Vegan food places (BoltCutter, All Chay) and a hidden hipster culture that’s only a step or two away from the over-planned sterile streets of Salt Lake’s downtown.

The Performance of BJR at the Games

As usual, I focused on the three sports I love: swimming, cycling, and running.

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Somehow in my weakest event (5K time trial) I ended up on top?
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BJR finishing the 800
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Podium for the Mens 40–49 Virtual Triathlon

Once again…

It was an incredible experience: inspiring to see the challenges that people have overcome, heartbreaking to see the challenges that people are still facing, and humbling in understanding how lucky I have been in my journey.

Feedback on the Games

This is entirely to chronicle my suggestions to the organizers. You should probably stop reading here unless you’re an athlete who competed in the games.

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