American triathlete Sam Long had a breakthrough year last year with his close runner-up finish behind Lionel Sanders at Ironman 70.3 St. George, the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship, a win at Ironman Coeur d’Alene and then a runner-up finish at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Those results, along with his popular social media presence, have no-doubt helped him sign a number of sponsors this year. Earlier this year he announced that he’d be riding a Trek bike with DT Swiss wheels. A few days ago he announced that he’s partnered with Aquasphere as a “global ambassador.” The 26-year-old Long joins Tim O’Donnell and Mirinda Carfrae on the global Team Aquasphere.
“As a brand, Aquasphere embraces a bold approach, which makes Sam and his big, infectious personality a perfect fit for us,” said Jess Fitzsimon, Global Brand Director at Aquasphere. “Already a formidable, talented athlete, Sam has huge goals, and he will play a major role in shaping the future of the sport. We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Sam to a global level and we can’t wait to see what he achieves in the coming years.”
Long isn’t renowned as a strong swimmer, but looks to improve on that leg of the race.
“Aquasphere is an ideal partner for me because they believe in my ability to conquer limits and make the front pack,” he says.
We reported on Long’s first two races for 2022 last month – Clash Miami and Challenge Puerto Varas.