The Son Also Rises: An Interview With Drew Scott

  • By Julia Polloreno
  • Published Jul 29, 2011
Scott most recently won the elite amateur division at the Boulder Peak Triathlon. Photo: Holly Bennett

Drew Scott wasn’t even born when his father Dave raced the epic 1989 Ironman World Championship, dubbed “Iron War” and considered the greatest race in all of endurance sport. But the 20-year-old is well aware of the significance of that fateful race, eventually won by his dad’s fiercest rival, Mark Allen. That race forever etched Dave Scott’s name into the annals of sports history. It permanently branded him a triathlon icon.

Those are pretty big footsteps to walk in, right? Drew, an emerging triathlon talent, isn’t ruffled by the prospect. “I don’t feel like there’s pressure to do as well as he did or win Hawaii,” says Drew, who will begin his junior year at CU Boulder this fall. “He never pressured me to get into triathlon; I just jumped into it on my own, and I put pressure on myself. I’m sure some people have expectations, but it doesn’t really affect me, I just want to do well and have fun along the way.”

Scott most recently won the elite amateur division at the Boulder Peak Triathlon. Photo: Holly Bennett

He’s certainly done better than “well.” He was the first finisher in the amateur elite division at the Boulder Peak triathlon, his best showing to date. “I knew I was in the best shape I’ve ever been in, so I expected to do well,” says Drew. “ It was the perfect race for me. I was able to establish a gap on the bike and hold on for the run.” He also won his age group at this year’s Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs, qualifying for Kona.

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He’s completed three half-ironman races, but says he stills struggles with dialing in his nutrition “so I can have a good race across all three disciplines and not fall apart on the run, which is what has happened in my last few races.”

As a kid, Drew remembers being in Kona and watching his dad race. He even did a few youth triathlons just for fun. In high school, his sport of choice was cross country, and he swam in a summer league. It wasn’t until a few years ago that he began riding a bike in earnest. Most recently, his focus has been Nordic skiing, and he was a member of the ski team at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he formerly was a student. “From August through April I wasn’t riding my bike or swimming at all,” says Drew. And once he was able to devote time to his other sports and was beginning to feel strong on the bike and in the pool, it was time to rededicate himself to Nordic skiing.

No longer.

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Julia Polloreno

Julia Polloreno

Julia Polloreno is the editor at large of Triathlete magazine. A Stanford University graduate with an award-winning track record in publishing, Polloreno is a two-time Ironman finisher and has been a competitive triathlete for more than a decade.

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