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2018 WOMEN'S TEAM MINNESOTA - How & Why?

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2018 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS – Last Wednesday we posted the MMH Selectors reasons behind their men's Team Minnesota rankings. Today, we will try to explain their reasoning underpinning the women's rankings. 

 

2018 TEAM MINNESOTA – WOMEN

1. HANNA GRINAKER & 2. GABY BUNTEN – Two extraordinary triathletes with stellar 2018 resumes. Our guess is that Gaby will be named 2018 USAT AOY in a few months, and we think that is awesome. Hanna did not race at Nationals and Worlds, and as such, will probably not be included in USAT's AOY deliberations. For the Committee, however, that all six of her tri efforts were POY-nomination-worthy, and that she outraced Gaby in their only meeting, gave her the edge over Bunten for the #1 spot here.

3. BECKY YOUNGBERG – We scoured our results archives and concluded that Becky's 2018 resume was arguably the best ever by a female  Minnesota master. The 43-year-old mom, a lapsed triathlete since 2011, came back stronger and faster than ever. She won five of the nine races she entered, setting two course records and six masters marks in the process. Her victorious 2:05:01 at Maple Grove earned a POY nomination, and her 4:37:07 second place finish at Chisago was probably the fastest 70.3 ever by a Minnesota female over the age of forty...

Kona Viewing Party & Bike Ride!

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For the Second Year in a Row, YWCA presents the Ironman Kona Viewing Party and Bike Ride!


This is not your regular sit and watch viewing party! Oh no, you will be riding bikes while watching the best of the best triathletes from around the world compete in the Ironman World Championships...

The "One & Done" Pro...

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ED. Here is a cool story we found on triathlete.com. It's about a guy named John Kelly, who is making his pro debut today at Ironman Arizona, immediately after which he plans to retire from the sport.

 

By Sarah Wasserman Flynn (triathlete.com)

 

When it comes to racing as a professional triathlete, John Kelly’s triathlon career will be one and done.


John Kelly is a standout age-grouper triathlete who has had a very impressive 2018: multiple podium finishes, an 8:58 Ironman PR, and a world championship title. In some of his key races, including Ironman Mont-Tremblant, he posted bike and run splits faster than some men in the professional field. So it’s no surprise that Kelly, 33, has decided to step up and race as a pro himself....

2018 Men's Team Minnesota: How & Why?

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MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - What needs to be understood at the outset is that TEAM MINNESOTA athletes are ranked by resume only, not reputation, i.e. who is perceived to be better than whom.

The way the team is determined is this: all Committee members independently evaluate the resumes of the 20-or-so (per gender) candidates. Each Selector then submits his or her list to the Chairman, who totals the points according to an athlete's placements. For instance, five Selectors ranked WADE CRUSER 1st, with two ranking him 2nd behind SEAN COOLEY. Wade, therefore, received 9 total points (5 x1, 2 x 2). Cooley finished 2nd with 12 point (2 x 1, 5 x 2).

Below is 2018 men's Team Minnesota with commentary:

1. WADE CRUSER - Named Triathlete of the Year. Nominated in three MMH categories (TOY, DOY, POY). Won six races in 2018, five in course record time....

Hanna Versus Gaby...

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MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORSFEMALE TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR. 2017 Triathlete of the Year GABY BUNTEN had a near perfect resume in 2018, one that was clearly superior to her '17 scorecard.

Why then, did she not win the TOY this time around? ....

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