In no particular order and by no means exhaustive, I thought I’d look back at some of the major triathlon stories from 2010 – keeping it as Canadian as possible. There are far more than ten stories (I had to cut this list down big time) so I am sure I left out a few that you might find more worthy. Hopefully, this will stir up your thoughts to remember the year that was and also bring up some friendly discussion. Feel free to leave your comments here.
1. Paula Findlay’s Breakout Year
– 2 wins (Kitzbuhel and London) on the ITU World Championship Series Circuit. She also wins the national championship too.
2. Quebec Cycling Tragedy
– We will forever remember Sandra de la Garza Aguilar, Christine Deschamps, and Lyn Duhamel.
3. Chrissie Wellington – The Hi’s and Low
– Wellington smashes Ironman distance world records at Ironman Arizona and Challenge Roth
– Challenge Roth 8:19, and 8:36:13 at Ironman Arizona.
– Illness ends her chance of winning 3 in a row as she pulls out of Ironman Hawaii on race morning.
4. McCormack & Carfrae win Ironman Hawaii
– Macca wins his second Ironman World title in an exciting run battle with Andreas Raelert (memories of the classic Iron War with Allen and Scott). Carfrae wins her first with a spectacular 2:53 marathon.
5. Paratriathlon added to the Paralympic Games
6. Jordon Rapp’s comeback
– From a near death accident in March, to an honourable and inspiring title defence eight months later at Ironman Arizona.
7. Kevin Cutjar’s performance at Ultraman Canada
8. McQuaid wins at XTERRA and Ironman 70.3
– She won XTERRA Canada, the XTERRA USA Championship, and Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens
9. Angela Naeth’s finishes second six times
Returning from an injury plagued 2009 season, Prince George’s Angela Naeth finished second at six Ironman 70.3 races in 2010 (Buffalo Springs, Boulder, Timberman, Branson, Austin, and Miami).
10. Joanna Brown third at ITU Junior World’s
– Another Canadian woman announces her arrival on the World’s stage.