Boulder startup Stryd wins gold in Rio with running power meter

Gwen Jorgensen of the United States wins the women's triathlon competition of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (Gregory Bull / AP)
Gwen Jorgensen of the United States wins the women’s triathlon competition of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (Gregory Bull / AP)

By Shay Castle
Boulder Daily Camera Staff Writer

Athletes weren’t the only ones representing Boulder on the podiums in Rio the past few weeks.

Startup Stryd also won gold, of a sort, coming out tops in a global sports technology innovation competition hosted in concurrence with The Games.

Stryd, which makes the world’s first power meter for runners, beat out eight teams from around the world to claim the 100,000 euro grand prize.

“It was humbling,” said CEO Robert Dick. “This wasn’t just a local competition; it was the best sports technology in the world. A lot of these guys have great ideas.”

Stryd was one of a handful of Boulder businesses with a presence at the Olympics, and one of three tech companies whose products shared athlete’s spotlight on the podium.

The U.S. women’s cycling team, which bikes outfitted with specially made power meters from Boulder’s Stages Cycling, claimed silver in the team pursuit.

And Gwen Jorgensen became the first American to win the triathlon. The Minnesota resident and two-time world champion is an official partner of Boulder’s Training Peaks, and has been using its software to analyze her training for several years.

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