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Danielson is Junior of the Year...

paige-D-waconia.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - Last Saturday evening, PAIGE DANIELSON (photo) was named 2014 JUNIOR OF THE YEAR. Here's why:

Though her resume appeared, at first glance, to be matched by fellow St. Cloud resident and ROY nominee Lauren Steinke, a closer look revealed that her (Paige's) scorecard was, in the opinion of all of the Selection Committee members, slightly superior. In her four non-drafting tris (we did not include her three DL races), Steinke, then age 14, never finished lower than 5th overall woman. She set AG records in three of those races. Brilliant. Hard to beat, right?

Danielson, 18, also raced four times, setting divisional CRs each time and finishing no lower than 4th in her regional starts. At Du Nationals she was Top Junior, placing 18th overall and her AG margin was more than 12-minutes. Moreover, her time--1:34:52--would have put her on the podium in the 20-24 (2nd), 25-29 (3rd) and 30-34 (2nd) AGs.

The goal of the JOY is to find the teen multisport athlete who is competitive with "credentialed" adult racers and has turned in times that rival or exceed existing divisional CRs. Like her...

The Slam Dunks & Race of the Year...

2014-ROY-V2.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - MMA winners in most of the categories--Rookies, Male Master, Junior, Most Improved (Men and Women), Duathlete, Long Distance Athlete of the Year and Performance of the Year (Men and Women)--were extremely difficult to determine and required much analysis and debate.

On the other hand, the winners in four of the categories were considered by the Committee to be "Slam Dunks".

Arguably, the Slam Dunkiest of all the categories was GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR. Though there were four great nominees, all of whom had the kind of season that may have won the award in prior years, one guy stood tall above the rest: GREG TAYLOR. With his victory at Nationals (margin: 3:13), 70.3 Worlds (4:42:14 - Margin: 16:16) and at Kona (Margin: 30:02), not to mention his...

Nygaard Nips Trom For ROY...

nick-n-SM.gif2014 MInnesota Multisport Awards - As promised, we are posting some of the reasons behind this year's MMA Selections. Let's start with the Rookie of the Year category.

Duluth's NICK NYGAARD (photo) won this year's ROY award. He is the first male to do so since 2006, when Rookie of the Year became a coed category. He raced four times in 2014, winning once (Green Lake Olympic), placing 2nd twice (Timberman and Brewhouse Sprints) and cracking the Top 5 in his long course debut at Superior Man (4:19). The committee was impressed with his times, comparing them to those of 2012 ROY runner-up/2013 Most Improved winner Brian Sames and 2008 ROY runner-up Patrick Parish.

Nick was not a runaway winner as KELLY TROM also enjoyed a brilliant first season. Trom, 27, of Minneapolis, impressed the Committee with her 2nd place finish at HITS-Waconia Half IM in a time of 4:48:09, arguably the best performance by a rookie in '14. Additionally, they liked the fact that she faced strong, i.e. "credentialed," competition in all three of her races. At HITS, she finished behind 2009 US AOY Cathy...

2014 MMA Winners...Updated...

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Minnesota Multisport Awards - Here are the 2014 Winners:

2014 Rookie of the Year - NICK NYGAARD, 24, Duluth

2014 Junior of the Year - PAIGE DANIELSON, 18, St. Cloud

2014 Grand Master of the Year - GREG TAYLOR, 60, Yankton, SD

2014 Master of the Year - Women - CHERYL ZITUR, 49, Corcoran

2014 Master of the Year - Men - TONY SCHILLER, 56, Eden Prairie

2014 Most Improved - Women - DANI FISCHER, 26, Wausau, WI ....

Stuff About Late Season Burn-Out...

burnout.gifBy Jene' Shaw (triathlon.competitor.com)

Stay on track for your peak race of the year.

For many amateur triathletes, fall means it’s time to wind down the training, start (finally) practicing yoga or get back to focusing on work or family. But for top age groupers or anyone targeting a late-season “A” race, now is the time to peak and perform at your best without burning out after a long year of training and racing.

Qualifying for any of triathlon’s world championships means you have the talent and drive to race to the top of the age-group rankings. It also means—especially after a season of qualifying long-course races—that you have to find a delicate balance in order to peak, race well enough to qualify and then recover multiple times throughout the year, all while keeping up the motivation to train hard day in and day out. Nailing that perfect train-enough-but-not-too-much ratio can be...

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