HONG KONG, CHINA - AUGUST 21: Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum of Germany and Shutterfly jump a fence during the Jump Off for the bronze medal during the Individual Jumping Final held at the Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue in Sha Tin during day 13 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 21, 2008 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
Crossing the finish line is the crowning achievement for a triathlete. Prizes are nice, too. Germany's Jan Frodeno, pictured here, claimed the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Inspirational Moments: Olympic celebrations - BEIJING - AUGUST 19: Matthias Steiner of Germany celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 105 kg group weightlifting event at the Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium on Day 11 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 19, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Goalkeeper Max Weinhold of Germany celebrates with his country's flag after winning the Men's Gold Medal Match between Germany and Spain held at the Olympic Green Hockey Field on Day 15 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games