Going for Gold with Garmin


When you’re using your Garmin over the next sixteen days, think of yourself in stellar company.

Several athletes competing in Beijing have used our Edge and Forerunner sports GPS devices as an important part of their preparations. These high-performance training tools deliver real-time, highly accurate speed and distance data in any outdoor endurance sport – making them the natural choice for some of the brightest medal prospects this summer.

From mountain biking to kayaking, our kit has been tracking the contenders lap-by-lap, on road, track and even water. Garmin using athletes in China will include seasoned athletes such as Julien Absalon (Cross Country Mountain Biking), Tim Don (Triathlon) and Tim Brabants (K1 Kayak), as well as young talent competing in their first games, such as Hollie Avil, the 18 year old Triathlon hope from Britain who only finished school last month.

And, their Garmin will perform long after the medals are decided. With workout data stored, saved and shared on their Garmin kit, athletes can review their efforts, relive the performance and start preparing for their next challenge. We’d like to wish every Garmin athletes the very best of luck at the Games. We’ll be cheering them on at every stage with as much energy as we can muster from our very own first place – the sofa.

Garmin users competing in Beijing:

Julien Absalon (FRA) – X-country Mountain Bike
Reigning Olympic Cross-country Mountain Bike champion, and 4 times World Cross Country Mountain Bike champion.

Sabine Spitz (GER) – X-country Mountain Bike
Runner-up 2008 World Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships and 2007 European Champion.

Marylin Saltvetat (FRA) – Road Cycling
2007 World Cyclo Cross Champion

Marzio Bruseghin (ITA) – Road Cycling
2006 Italian time trial champion

Tim Don (GBR) – Triathlon
2006 World Triathlon Champion and 3-time Olympian.

Emilio D’Aquino (ITA) – Triathlon
3 x Italian Triathlon Champion

Hollie Avil (GBR) – Triathlon
2008 British Triathlon Champion, aged only 18.

Jessica Harrison (FRA)  – Triathlon
2006 French Olympic Distance Triathlon Champion

Nadia Cortassa (ITA)  – Triathlon
5th, 2004 Olympics

Martin Lel (KEN) – Marathon
3 x London Marathon winner

Robert Kipkoech (KEN) – Marathon
4 x Boston Marathon winner

Samuel Kamau (KEN) – Marathon
2008 London Marathon, 2nd

Janet Jepkosgei (KEN) – 800m
World 800m Champion

Alfred Yego Kirwa (KEN) – 800m
World 800m Champion

Tim Brabants (GBR)  –  Kayak K1
2008 European K1 1000m Kayak Champion.

Gabrio Zandona (ITA) – Sailing 470
2008 World Champion, 470