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If you are a pro triathlete, please click here to DM AaronWebstey for access to the 'Pros-only' private forum. Don't forget to include your real name, and a link to pro race result would be great if you're a 1st-year pro.
Think of it this way: WTC is handing out a few spots as a favor to the triathlon community and the original organizers of the race, who demanded that it remain a "people's race" when they sold it. As such, WTC is doing the absolute minimum in honoring the deal by allowing in a few people every year who don't necessarily deserve to be at a world championship. But it's honestly a made up world champs, by a made up federation (or corporation, if you will). The internationally recognized body, and thus true world championships, is ITU. Kona is just a race that you gotta qualify for. Sort of like the Boston Marathon.
Hmm... Princeton educated engineer gets sued and begs the tri community to bail him out. Maybe he should have considered other paths for his life. Like attending Yale, where he would learn that if his case is cut and dry, a simple counter suit for legal fees and damages will either a) get this tossed out, or b) net him some much needed cash for his kids' futures. Maybe he should have considered not having 4 kids, but that's just a personal hell I hope to never enter.