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Bella, Carson, Simone and Kyle....

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MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Until now, we have posted lists of athletes who are being considered for MMH nominations. Today we are revealing the four finalists for JUNIOR OF THE YEAR. As always, there was no shortage of teens to consider.

Here are the official JOY nominees, in alpha order, and their 2019 competitive highlights:

 

ISABELLA BUENTING, 16, Chanhassen

- 1st overall @ Heart of the Lakes Sprint  - AGR

- 3rd overall / 1st Jr. @ Lake Minnetonka - AGR

- 3rd overall / 1st Jr. @ Minneapolis Sprint

- 4th overall / 1st Jr. @ Buffalo Sprint - AGR

- 4th overall / 1st Jr. @ Maple Grove Sprint - AGR ...

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"Is Ironman Dying?"

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By Dan Conway

I watched the 2019 Ironman World Championship Review broadcasted on NBC Sports Network the day after the event was held. While it was great to see the 8-hour barrier broken on the men’s side and American Tim O’Donnell place 2nd Finish, there a couple of other things that made me wonder if the Ironman Triathlon in Kona is long for this world. First was the lack of a major, big name sponsor like Ford Motor Company and Timex. Second was the noticeable lack of spectators at the finish line along the infamous Alii Drive. Also, I did not see anything regarding the amateur athletes, since the program was solely focused on the professionals. These gave pause to wonder “Is the Ironman Triathlon dying?

Before I sign the death certificate, it might be worth looking at the brief history of how this event grew to prominence. It basically starts with Navy officer John Collins and a few of his fellow sailors wondering which athlete was in the best shape, a swimmer, a biker or a runner. John had been stationed in San Diego where he and his wife participated in triathlons in the mid-1970’s. The idea for the Ironman came after the completion of the 1977 Oahu Perimeter Relay, which involved 5-person teams running and swimming around the island of...

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Seth Meyers, Moosebirds and "Boys in the Boat"....

sethmeyers.pngED. Last Monday we introduced the women who are being considered for MOST IMPROVED nominations. One of those talented candidates was JENNA HORNER, of Eden Prairie. A student at George Washington University in Washington, DC, we emailed some questions to her recently. Here are her responses:

1. Comment on your career goals, and whether those may bring you back to MN on a full-time basis.

I am currently majoring in Political Science with a minor is Geography. This past summer I worked as a Field and Political Fellow on Amy Klobuchar's Presidential campaign. I would love to hop back on that campaign if it is around when I graduate, which would bring me back to MN. I am not 100% sure what I want to do and if politics is my path. I have been a mechanic at both Freewheel Bike Eden Prairie and Trek Georgetown and have fallen in love with the bike industry. I could also see myself doing something along that path as well. Like most college students, I’m not sure where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing, but I’m sure everything will work itself out by the time I graduate....

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2019 Performances of the Year....

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2019 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - What were the multisport PERFORMANCES of the YEAR by a Minnesota male and female last season? Here are some of the performances, the four official nominees per gender will be announced sooon, that the MMH Committee is considering:  ...

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2019 Most Improved Women...

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MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - In yesterday's post we profiled the men who are being considered for MOST IMPROVED honors. Today, we are intoducing the women, in alphabetical order, that are being considered for MI nominations.

 

JENNIFER FITZHARRIS-FUNK, 44, Minneapolis

2019 Highlights:

1st @ YWCA Women's Triathlon

2nd @ Graniteman Clearwater Sprint

2nd @ Minnespolis Sprint

2nd @ Brewhouse Sprint

3rd @ Maple Grove Sprint

6th @ Lake Minnetonka

COMMENT:  JFF has been good for a long time, but she truly upped her game, and her racing volume, in 2019. Her win at YWCA was a big deal, as was her 2nd against a great field at Brewhouse Sprint....

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