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Multiple IM Winners in 2014

As part of my TriTrivia questions, I asked

Which athletes won two Ironman races in 2014?

Tawnee and I discussed this a few times on our TriNews podcast on EndurancePlanet, and a short, factual answer is also in my 2014 TriRating Report. (If you haven’t had a look at it, you can still download it for free!) This post has a longer look at these athletes and their results. Congratulations to these athletes on their great 2014 season – I’m very much looking forward to your 2015 seasons!

Linsey Corbin

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Linsey had a great first half of the season, getting her two wins in March and June:

  • March 30: IM Los Cabos 9:16:43
    (53:11, 5:06:17, 3:12:03)
  • June 29: IM Austria 8:42:42
    (53:02, 4:47:02, 2:56:52)

She probably had big hopes for Kona, but unfortunately she did not have the race she wanted. Her 12th place should still give her enough points to plan a season focused on performing well in Kona.

Sebastian Kienle

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Sebi had a dream year on the Ironman distance, winning the „big races“:

  • July 6: IM Frankfurt 7:55:14
    (49:40, 4:12:13, 2:49:35)
  • October 11: IM Hawaii 8:14:18
    (54:38, 4:20:46, 2:54:36)

His only disappointment was the 70.3 World Champs – but I guess that he prefers to have the Kona win instead of a 3rd 70.3 title.

Sarah Gross

SaraBrasilAt the start of the year, Sara was a bit frustrated by a string of DNFs. But she moved on and took a giant step forward by winning not only her first IM in Brasil but even following that up with another win in Mont Tremblant:

  • May 25: IM Brasil 8:56:35
    (55:41, 4:49:42, 3:06:12)
  • August 17: IM Mont Tremblant 9:40:26
    (58:42, 5:28:14, 3:07:33)

After all the racing in 2014 it wasn’t a big surprise to see her not have a great race in Kona. You can hear a lot more on her 2014 season in an interview with Sara that Tawnee an I did on EndurancePlanet.

Daniela Ryf

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Daniela was a great addition to the 2014 IM season. She won her first two IMs as part of a 6-week winning streak that also included the European and World 70.3 titles:

  • July 27: IM Switzerland 9:13:30
    (56:41, 5:00:18, 3:11:03)
  • August 24: IM Copenhagen 8:53:33
    (48:37, 4:44:09, 3:15:15)

She came very close to extending that streak by almost winning in Kona – she’ll be an athlete to watch in 2015 for sure!

Meredith Kessler

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At the start of the year, Meredith defended her New Zealand title and then clearly focused on Kona, only racing 70.3s over the summer. After her DNF in Kona, she finally won in Arizona after a string of 2nd place finishes:

  • March 1: IM New Zealand 9:08:46
    (46:47, 5:08:30, 3:08:06)
  • November 16: IM Arizona 8:50:41
    (50:22, 4:48:06, 3:07:56)

She seems very determined to finally deliver her best performance in Kona and will probably go with a similar season plan for 2015.

Britta Martin

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Britta had a great end to her 2014 racing season:

  • September 7: IM Wisconsin 9:30:08
    (59:13, 5:15:26, 3:08:40)
  • December 7: IM Western Australia 8:56:34
    (56:39, 4:55:37, 3:00:00)

In addition to these two IM races, she also won Challenge Taiwan in April, making her the only athlete with three wins over the Ironman-distance in 2014!

Including non-WTC Races

There are a few more athletes who won two races if I include non-WTC races over the Ironman distance:

  • Dylan McNeice
    Dylan is mostly racing Challenge races – he won Challenge Wanaka in January (8:38:48) and Challenge Taiwan in April (8:23:44).
  • Cam Brown
    In addition to IM Cairns in June (8:20:15), Cam also won MetaMan in August (8:28:21). He is currently aiming for his 11th win at his home race, IM New Zealand.
  • Mirinda Carfrae
    Rinnie’s 2014 wins are from Challenge Roth in July (8:49:31) and IM Hawaii in October (9:00:55). A great season, especially considering the strength of the women’s field in Roth this year.

Photo Credits

  • Jay Prasuhn: Linsey Corbin, Sebastian Kienle, Daniela Ryf, Meredith Kessler
  • Ironman: Sara Gross, Britta Martin

Bevan and John TriTrivia scorecard

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Bevan and John went through my TriTrivia questions in IMTalk Episode 398. Here’s how they did:

Question Bevan’s and John’s Answer Correct Answer? Comment
1. Who ended Cameron Brown’s winning streak at full distance IM New Zealand? Bevan Docherty in 2013 (but they weren’t 100% sure if Cam hadn’t lost earlier ) Yes They correctly discarded the wins by Marino in 2012 (race shortened to a half IM) and Ain Alar Juhanson in 2006 (90k bike, 21k run).
2. Australia for the men and the UK for the women had a series of Kona wins. Name the highest placed athletes from these countries in Kona 2013! UK: Rachel Joyce (2nd)
Australia: Luke McKenzie (2nd)
Yes
3. Name at least one athlete (m or f) who has won two IM-distance races in 2013. Eneko Llanos
Rachel Joyce
Fredrik Van Lierde
Yes The full list of double IM winners:

  • Frederik Van Lierde: IM Hawaii and IM France
  • Luke Bell: IM Australia and IM Mont Tremblant
  • Erika Csomor: IM Los Cabos and IM Austria
  • Victor Del Corral: IM Florida and IM Arizona
  • Mary Beth Ellis: IM France and IM Mont Tremblant
  • Lucy Gossage: IM UK and IM Wales
  • Rachel Joyce: IM Texas and IM Cozumel
  • Eneko Llanos: IM Melbourne and IM Germany
  • Chris McDonald: IM Louisville and IM Lake Tahoe
  • Ronnie Schildknecht: IM South Africa and IM Switzerland
If you include non-WTC races:
  • Dylan McNeice: Challenge Wanaka and Challenge Taiwan
  • Caroline Steffen: Challenge Roth and MetaMan
  • Eva Wutti: IM Copenhagen and Challenge Barcelona
4. Who was the highest placed male Pro in Kona 2013 that has never won an Ironman? Sebastian Kienle
(after only a short discussion)
Yes For the women, it was Kim Schwabenbauer in 22nd place!
5. Name three or more new IM races after the end of 2013 qualifiers! Lake Tahoe
Japan
Boulder
Yes They thought about Canada, but correctly noted that it qualified for 2013.
There are also additional new IM races in Fortalezza (Brasil), Mallorca (Spain) and Langkawi (Malaysia).
6. Name a US athlete that has gone sub-8h! Andrew Starykowicz
(„that’s easy“)
Yes He’s the first and only one so far (7:55:22 in Florida 2013).
7. Which race will be the first Kona 2015 qualifier? Wisconsin Yes Scheduled for September 7th, 2014.
8. Which was the last win by Macca? 2012 ITU Long Distance,
for IM-distance:
2010 Kona
Partly The question I sent to Bevan and John was worded a bit loosely. Therefore, their answer of „2012 ITU Long Distance World Champs“ was correct (July 2012).The version I published on my site was more specifically targeted at „last IM-distance win“. Bevan and John discussed that question too, but they missed Macca’s win at Challenge Cairns in June 2011.
9. Name at least one female US athlete who has gone sub-9h! Mary Beth Ellis
Meredith Kessler
Yes The full list:

  • Sue Latshaw (Roth 1997)
  • Mary Beth Ellis (Austria 2011, Texas 2012)
  • Jessica Jacobs (Florida 2011)
  • Linsey Corbin (Arizona 2011)
  • Ashley Clifford (Florida 2013)
  • Meredith Kessler (Arizona 2013)
  • Elizabeth Lyles (Western Australia 2013)
10. Which were the last IM races won by US athletes (male and female)? M: Andy Potts (Lake Placid)
F: Mary Beth Ellis (somewhere in 2013)
 Partly Andy Potts is the correct answer for the male, but US pro Elizabeth Lyles won the last IM in 2013 (Western Australia).
Bonus: Who were 3rd placed Pros (m+f) in the first ever Challenge Wanaka in 2007? M: John Newsom
F: „maybe Hillary”
Yes Amazing! I was pretty sure John would get the male answer right, but had my doubts he’d also remember Hillary Biscay as the third women.

All in all, Bevan and John did very good. They got two questions only partly right, so I give them a total score of 9 out of 10 (plus the bonus point). Well done!

TriTrivia – IMTalk Edition

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John and Bevan from the IMTalk podcast went through my 2013 Tri Trivia. They liked the questions, but said that they were pretty hard to answer without serious research. So here is a new set of questions designed to be answered without having to resort to a full list of 2013 results.

The questions start relatively easy, but the last ones get pretty hard!

  1. Who ended Cameron Brown’s winning streak at full distance IM New Zealand?
  2. Australia for the men and the UK for the women had a series of Kona wins. Name the highest placed athletes from these countries in Kona 2013!
  3. Name at least one athlete (m or f) who has won two IM-distance races in 2013.
  4. Who was the highest placed male Pro in Kona 2013 that has never won an Ironman?
  5. Name three or more new IM races after the end of 2013 qualifiers!
  6. Name a US athlete that has gone sub-8h!
  7. Which race will be the first Kona 2015 qualifier?
  8. Which was the last IM-distance win by Macca?
  9. Name at least one female US athlete who has gone sub-9h!
  10. Which were the last IM races won by US athletes (male and female)?

Bonus question:

  • Who were 3rd placed Pros (m+f) in the first ever Challenge Wanaka in 2007?

Have fun with these, and let’s see how good John and Bevan are going to do. (Here’s the link to download IMTalk Episode 398 where they discuss the questions.)

2013 Tri Trivia

I’ve started to work on my „2013 Rating Report“, looking back on the Ironman-distance races of 2013 and my analysis on the results. You can already pre-order the report and receive it as soon as it’s available!

As part of the work for the report, I’ve come across some interesting facts, and over the next days will ask ten trivia questions as a „countdown“ to the release of the report. (I will amend this post from day to day. You can enter your answers as comments, or send them to @ThRadde on twitter.)

  1. Who had the fastest Ironman-distance times of 2013 (either man or woman)?
  2. Which IM races had the smallest and largest number of pro finishers?
  3. What’s the shortest time between two Ironman wins?
  4. In 2013 we’ve seen 6 sub-8h finishes (for the men) and 21 sub-9h finishes (for the women). Which 2013 race had the most of these?
  5. Who posted the fastest marathon times in 2013 (man or woman)?
  6. Which races in 2013 had the closest and widest margin between the male and female winners (Pros only)?
  7. Which races in 2013 had the closest and widest margin between the winner and runner-up (Pros only)?
  8. Which country had the most Pro IM wins in 2013?
  9. Who had the slowest swim when winning a Pro IM in 2013 (men or women)?
  10. Who overcame the biggest deficit after the bike to win an IM in 2013 (men or women)?

The report includes the answers to the questions, and is now available: Please go to the 2013 TriRating Report page.

Long Distance Trivia Question 10

This is the last of my questions on the 2012 season:

Which races in 2012 had the closest and widest margin between the male and female winners (PROs only)?

  1. Closest Race (race, margin, male and female winners)
  2. Race with the widest margin (race, margin, male and female winners)

Please post your guesses as comments on this blog or tweet @ThRadde. The answers to all questions can be found by searching through the posts on this site, smart googling or in my upcoming 2012 Rating Report. If you want to be notified as soon as it is released, please subscribe to my email-list by using the form in the right hand side column.

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