Gomez finished 2007 ranked no. 1 in the world, and was crowned BG Triathlon World Cup Series champion. It was the second straight overall title for Gomez, an award that earned him a $40,000 bonus in 2007. At one point he finished on the podium in 15 straight races, and he has won nine World Cup events. The all-time record for World Cup victories is 11, by Canada’s Simon Whitfield.
Gomez has had to battle his own government’s sport governing body, which forced him to lose his international sporting license. According to Reuters, Spain rescinded the document in 2000 due to what he termed an abnormal heart valve. It took him until 2003 to win back the license with the help of independent counsel. After failing to make the Spanish Olympic team in 2004, he was again banned in 2005 by the Spanish Sports Council. By 2006, he was back competing, and has dominated the Olympic triathlon distance ever since.
“I had my best 1500-meter time ever this year,” Gomez told the ITU after the New Plymouth BG Triathlon World Cup. “…Under 16 minutes is enough for triathlon, I think, but I am not a very good swimmer in open water.” Gomez’ personal best for the 1500m swim is 15:45.
Gomez spent some of the winter training in South Africa, looking to improve his run. He entered a 10 km road race there, finishing third and running a 29:47.
Gomez’ first ever triathlon was at the age of 15, and he ran an Olympic distance race. He tells the ITU that from that moment on, he had fallen in love with the sport.
Gomez says that his father is the most influential person in his sporting life. Gomez’ father was an elite swimmer.
Q & A
When did you first start training in life? Where and why?
I started “serious” training when I joined the swim squad in my hometown when I was 11, but I played soccer, rode my bike and run just for fun before that, so I guess that was training too…
When did you turn pro?
End of 2003, after winning the U-23 World Championships in Queenstown ( New Zealand)
What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
So many! Winning both World titles in 2008 and 2010 were special.
Fun= everyday doing my job
Vision= keep on enjoying this
Friend= Arturo (best friend)
Foe= everyone else at the start line (but only during the race)
What has driven you to work super hard and rise up beyond mediocrity?
The challenge to improve day by day, see how far I can go and overcome difficulties along the way. A “normal” life would be a bit boring for me.
Are you a rebel? Why or why not?
I´m pretty relaxed and easy the whole time, but I would say I am. Although I follow some advice from people I trust, I like to do things my way. I like to explore and sometimes I like to go against some rules.
If you weren’t killing it on a track or course, what would you be doing for a living?
I guess I would get a job or something like that….I love music and playing the guitar so I would probably put my effort towards success in that.
Your favorite track or course:
I like the course in Hamburg (one of the World Championship races). It is fast and technical.
The venue that you purely dread…and why:
There some that I have bad memories about, but none that I dread…
Talent(s)…other than your sport:
Not much… I can cook pretty good omelet though!
Oakleys! They are… almost a part of me. I´ve been racing and training with them for the last 10 years so I think I would feel weird without them.
Best song to practice to:
Any hard rock, heavy metal, punk rock…”The Separation of Church and Skate” by NOFX is a pretty kick ass song before a race.
Dream vacation spot:
If you had to share a hotel room/apartment with one Oakley athlete, who would it NOT be and why?
With triathlete Greg Bennett. The guy wakes up at 4am… It doesn´t fit with the Spanish customs. Just kidding, he is a good friend.
People would be super surprised if they knew that you...
My brother is even more talented in sports than I am. Luckily he choose a different way!
What particular skills are you working on?
I´m constantly trying to improve all the skills required in my sport.
I love Spanish food but I'm also trying different things from other countries/cultures. I could eat sushi the whole day.