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2021 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Here are the finalists for Female Performance of the Year:

JENNA HORNER (photo) - 5th overall woman at Olympic Nationals.

HEATHER LENDWAY - 1st @ Lake Minnetonka Triathlon - 1:07:57. HL is the only woman to have broken 1:10 at LMT, which she has done twice.

RACHEL ZILINSKAS - Amateur women's course record at Ironman Lake Placid. - Her 9:52:33 lowered the record Kirsten Schut of the RSA by 8:41!

RACHEL ZILINSKAS - 2nd amateur woman / 1st US woman at St. George 70.3 World Championships. Her 4:34:01 was 7:06 faster than her winning time on the same challenging course earlier in the season at the North Amercan 70.3 Championships....

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Henry, David & Kyle...

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2021 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Here are the finalists for Men's Performance of the Year:

HENRY JESSEN (photo L) - 7th overall male at USA Triathlon Sprint Nationals. Henry's time was fast - 57:29--and he was only 1:15 behind the national champion.

COMMENT: Jessen, a tri rookie, was also the fastest Minnesotan at Olympic Nationals. Once again, his time was impressive - 1:58:25, and he outpaced all of his Minnesota peers. However, the national champion was almost eight minutes faster. It was agreed that Henry's Olympic performance deserved at POY Honorable mention.

COMMENT: Field depth and margin of victory made this performance special.

DAVID KOPPEL (photo below L)-  Amateur Win at Heart of the Lakes - 1:31:37 on a hot day. Outraced the deepest men's field of the season....

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Kort, Jenna & Rachel...

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2021 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Here are the three women nominated for 2021 Triathlete of the Year, and why they were chosen:

KORTNEY HAAG, 42, Maple Grove (photo below)

While Jenna and Rachel were making names for themselves on the national tri scene, Kortney was dominant locally, winning three of the four races she did, and placing 2nd in the other. Two of her victories were in half IMs, raising her career W total at the distance to 11....

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Double Dippers: Tim, David and Kyle....

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2021 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Today we are combining two categories: Male Most Improved and Male Triathlete of the Year. This is because the same three athletes are nominated in both categories.

Here are those athletes, their 2021 racing highlights, and some commentary:

TIM BONTRAGER, 29, MInneapolis (photo L)

- 1st @ TriByKnight Sprint (IA)

- 1st @ Fairmont Olympic - 1:57:49

- 1st @ Buzz Ryan Sprint - Course record

- 1st @ Chisago Sprint 

- 1st @ Shawnee Mission Sprint (KS) ...

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Katie, Jenna & Rachel...

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2021 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Today we reveal the three women nominatedin the MOST IMPROVED category, which measures which athletes are "climbing the elite ladder," that is, they are perceived to have either "arrived,"  i.e. demonstrated that they are competitive with the established elite amateur tri / du athletes in our state, or are on the verge of doing so. It also applies to those Team Minnesota members who have elevated their positions. For instance, 2019 Team MInnesota members RACHEL ZILINSKAS, who was earned the MI honor that year, and JENNA HORNER, will place much higher on the Team this year, thus their upward mobility is worthy  of MI consideration this time around. 

So, in alpha order, here are the official 2021 Female Most Improved nominees and their highlights:

KATIE DEREGNIER, 33, Farmington (photo)

- 2nd overall woman @ Buffalo Olympic

- 2nd overall woman @ Maple Grove Olympic

- 6th amateur woman @ Des Moines ...

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