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We Need a Break...

The MTN Guys need a break. We, therefore, will not be posting new content during the month of December. We plan to return by January 1. Until then, we hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday season.

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Happy Thanksgiving From MTN!

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2021 TEAM MINNESOTA....

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Several years back, a prominent Minnesota triathlete suggested that Team Minnesota athletes should not be ranked. Instead, they should be listed alphabetically. Rankings can easily be misunderstood and often unnecesariy controversial because many of the spots are interchangeable, i.e. it is not uncommon for, say, the resumes of the 4th through seventh-ranked athletes to be quantitatively equal. For instance, should AJ MANNING be ranked ahead of HENRY JESSEN , or vice versa? Should Henry's outstanding Nationals performances outweigh AJ's regional wins and course records?

So, let's give the alphabetical format a try and see if that sticks. Remember, this list is based on competitive performances and consistency, not reputation or past history.  Also note that the reduction in races, and other factors (life!, pandemics), have eliminated many of the elite "ususal suspects." Some chose not to race this season. Others raced less frequenty, thus they didn't meet minimum "volume" requirements (3 outstanding / competitive performances *). For those reasons, as in 2020, Team Minnesota will be comprised of five members, not 10. ...

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GMOYs: Tony & Jan Again...

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TONY SCHILLER

MALE GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR - Despite the depth of this year's field of nominees--2x GMOY Tim Brown, perennial nominee Luke Harned and 2x nominee Daniel Kirk--Tony was the unanimous choice. While the others performed at a national level, Tony consistently threw down world class performances. At 62, he consistently beats all of his 50+ peers. His back-to-back National Championship AG victories, both by substantial margins, sealed the deal. Both his Olympic (2:08:15) and Sprint (1:06:48) times are AG records at Milwaukee, which has hosted Nationals four times.

Tony has won at least 25 national championship titles in his career. He is a 10-time MMH recipient....

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MMHs For Kyle, Bella, Kort & Brooks...

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KYLE SWENSON

 

JUNIOR OF THE YEAR - The slam-dunkiest of all the pics was this one. In his final year of JOY eligibility, Kyle collected his 2nd Top Teen honor. This time, though, he made history becoming the first junior male to be nominated in the AOY category. He is also the first junior, male or female, to have a POY nomination. This, plus his four wins and consistently fast times, suggest that Kyle is the most talented male junior that Minnesota has ever produced....

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