The Wright brothers, the Brothers Grimm, the Neville brothers, the Klitschko brothers, Mario and Luigi; all famous male siblings, who’ve etched their names in the history books for achieving things most of us can only dream of. After their remarkable accomplishments at the London 2012 Olympic Games, nobody on Earth could argue that the West Yorkshire brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee didn’t deserve to have their names added to such an illustrious list.
If you can’t remember what happened at London 2012, let us cast your minds back to August the 7th of that year. The men’s triathlon, as well as the women’s triathlon which occurred on the 4th, took place in Hyde Park. At the end of an hour and three quarters of intense competition, Alistair bagged the gold with his brother Jonathan finishing about 30 seconds later in third. Javier Gomez Noya, of Spain, separated the pair with his silver medal finish.
“I keep my gold medal in a sock drawer.”
The Brownlees became the first brothers to stand together on an Olympic podium, for an individual sport, since the London Olympic Games of 1908 (a whole 104 years earlier). In a summer when the entire country came down with a severe case of Olympic fever, the siblings were celebrated as heroes by millions of people who wouldn’t normally look twice at a triathlon event.
During the build-up to Rio 2016, the boys were kind enough to take some time out of their preparation to talk to us about their London 2012 experience, their hopes for Rio 2016, and what it’s like training and competing alongside your own brother.