Is this the start of Iron War 2? With one week before the 2011 Ford Ironman World Championship, the two greatest single day endurance event athletes in Ironman World Championship history are putting themselves back in the spotlight.
In an open letter to the worldwide triathlon and endurance communities, 6-time Ironman World Champions, Mark Allen and Dave Scott claim a soon-to-be-published book from VeloPress, entitled Iron War, inaccurately and inappropriately portrays them.
In the letter, the athletes point to an example in an advance copy sent to the media for review where the author stated, “In a sober, clinical sense of the term, Dave and Mark are both somewhat psychologically unbalanced.”
Mark and Dave say they have never been diagnosed as “psychologically unbalanced” by any medical or mental health professional. The World Champions go on to say that, “Iron War author Matt Fitzgerald has written an endless stream of inaccurate and defamatory assertions about our lives, our thoughts, our motivations and what drove us to such a high level of athletic excellence in what he spitefully and negatively describes as “the showdown that left one battling his inner demons to emerge victorious and one devastated on the pavement and unable to forgive his loss.” In fact, the massive degree of inaccuracy in the advanced reading copy has necessitated that we file a lawsuit against VeloPress and Fitzgerald in response to the defamation and privacy issues that were breached.”
Sports journalist Matt Fitzgerald official website says the book, Iron War, goes far beyond the race itself to explore the lives of these legendary rivals. This is how Fitzgerald describes the book, “The 1989 Ironman® World Championship was the greatest race ever run. In a spectacular duel that became known as Iron War, the world’s two strongest endurance athletes—and its fiercest rivals—raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 138 miles in relentless heat. Iron War is a deeply personal epic that explains how, over the course of an eight-hour race, Dave Scott and Mark Allen pushed themselves and each other beyond the known limits of human endurance.”
Later Scott and Allen write,“Unfortunately, Fitzgerald and VeloPress have reduced our 1989 test of wills on the Big Island to a flawed and sadly shaded depiction of its protagonists. Our hope is that you, as intelligent and discerning athletes, will know and remember our battle in 1989 for its grit, and use that as inspiration to explore and break through your own limits to find greatness in both your racing and in your personal lives. And if you do decide to read Iron War be prepared to wade through fiction, fantasy and fabrication.”
You can read the entire letter by Mark Allen and Dave Scott on DaveScottInc.com.