We take a look back at the 2012 year in triathlon with our annual top stories of the year. This list will have a Canadian twist to it and is by all means not all encompassing or in any particular order.
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Paula Findlay’s tearful finish at the London Olympics
You’ve all seen the videos and images from that day, and the gutsy finish from Findlay. Hopefully she addresses her iron deficiency issues and comes back with a vengeance in 2013 and beyond.
Simon Whitfield crashes in London
Driven to go for the podium again, Whitfield’s quest ended with a devastating bike crash in the early stages of the race. Later in the year, he revealed that he is moving on to long distance racing. Will we see him at Challenge Penticton, Ironman Mont-Tremblant or Whistler?
The triathlon world was certainly anticipating a Lance at Kona showdown but that never happened thanks to USADA’s case and ban of Armstrong. This story will likely continue to have some legs until Lance makes some kind of confession.
The Challenge Family entered the North American landscape in a big way by introducing Challenge Penticton. Taking over from the 30 years of Ironman Canada in Penticton.
Ironman Canada comes to Whistler
After several cities entered bids to host Ironman Canada, in October, Whistler was announced as the new host city. The race is sold out.
Chrissie Wellington Retires
After taking the year off from racing to promote her book, in early December Wellington announced her retirement from professional iron distance racing. Wellington was a 13-time undefeated ironman distance Champion, four-time Ironman World Champion (2011, 2009, 2008, 2007), and holds world record performances at the Ironman distance. In 2001, she clocked 8:33:56 (51:40, 4:45:23, 2:52:54) at Ironman South Africa in 2011, and 8:18:13 at Challenge Roth (49:49, 4:40:39, 2:44:35).
Ironman Mont-Tremblant impresses
The inaugural Ironman Mont-Tremblant received rave reviews all around. The race quickly sold out and will host the 2013 and 2014 Ironman North American Championship.
Canadians notch ITU wins:
Kyle Jones and Lauren Campbell win the ITU Edmonton World Cup
Kathy Tremblay captures Gold at World Cup in Japan
Ellen Pennock and Andrew Russell Win Pan Am Cup Gold
Joanna Brown and Andrew Russell Win First Continental Cup Races
Brault wins gold at the PATCO Pan American Championships
Campbell wins in Barbados
The Cave Double
Leanda Cave pulled off the rare and impressive win at both the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and Ironman World Championship in the same year.
Tisseyre wins in Calgary and Mont-Tremblant
Heather Wurtele wins Ironman 70.3 Timberman
Heather was also the top Canadian at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship (6th), and the Ironman World Championship (14th).
Gillian Clayton wins Ironman Canada
Danelle Kabush claims the XTERRA Mountain Championship
Canada’s Tenille Hoogland wins Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains
McQuaid wins the XTERRA East Championship & Ironman 70.3 California
Trevor Wurtele takes Ironman 70.3 New Orleans
Naeth wins LeadmanTri Epic 125
Angela Naeth wins Ironman 70.3 Panama
Vancouver’s Rachel McBride wins Ironman 70.3 Austin
Brooke Brown’s stellar age group year
Brown won her age group and was sixth overall woman at Ironman Texas (https://triathlonmagazine.ca/2012/05/sections/news/windsors-brooke-brown-6th-overall-at-ironman-texas/), she won the Welland Half Iron (https://triathlonmagazine.ca/2012/06/sections/news/nigel-gray-defends-at-the-welland-half-iron-triathlon/), and won her age group and was fourth female overall at Ironman Mont-Tremblant (https://triathlonmagazine.ca/2012/08/sections/news/canadian-age-group-champions-from-ironman-mont-tremblant/). Brown will be racing as a professional in 2013.