Hunter Kemper Looks Back On His College Experience

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  • Published Jun 26, 2012
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Hunter Kemper has traveled many miles since graduating from Wake Forest in 1998, an inordinate amount of them by swimming, cycling and running.

The three modes of competition — which together make up the sport of triathlon — have taken Kemper around the world to Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. Next month, they will take him to a fourth Olympics, in London.

That’s quite a travelogue for an athlete who didn’t even make the travel squad during his first two years with the Wake Forest track-and-field team, and who had to drive himself past the point many others are willing to go to finally make All-ACC in the 10,000-meter run as a senior.

“It was tough,” Kemper said by phone from his home in Colorado Springs. “That wasn’t what got me into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame (in 2008), I can tell you that much. It wasn’t what I did at Wake.

“It was definitely what I’ve done afterwards.”

Kemper’s post-graduate accomplishments have stunned former coaches and teammates at Wake Forest who had no idea that the triathlon — which was at best a side pursuit while Kemper was in college — would take him so far.

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