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josh-B-nationals.gifMINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Here are the official male nominees in the MOST IMPROVED category:

CHAP ACHEN, 45, Red Wing - Achen's best season ever featured three wins in five starts, including a 4:15 at Square Lake Half. Additionally, he was Top Master at Trinona (5th overall/ 2nd amateur) and Life Time - Minneapolis (8th overall).

RYAN BAILEY, 24, Wayzata - While racing in Colorado in 2013, Bailey's best effort was a 9th at Boulder Peak. This year he won two races, one in CR time, and finished just four seconds behind winner Kris Spoth, a possible Triathlete of the Year nominee, at One Last Tri.

JOSH BLANKENHEIM, 34, Duluth (photo) - After a two-year layoff due to injuries and the opportunity to catch up on his hunting and fishing, Blank returned to the tri scene with a vengeance. He podiumed in four of his six starts, including at win at Capitol City Sprint.....

Upward Mobility...

dani-fire.gif(Artsy-Fartsy photo of Dani Fischer rocking at Nationals.)

Minnesota Multisport Awards - Today we introduce the five women who are official nominees in what has been known as the "Most Improved" category. The MMS Selectors admit that they hate the title. It's confusing; it doesn't adequately describe the category.

An alternate title would the "Rising Star" award, though most of the selectors aren't fond of that either, because the eventual nominees are those who are upwardly mobile with respect to Team Minnesota rankings. A nominee may be one who had not earned a Team berth in the past, but will this year, or come very close to doing so, i.e. say, ranking among the Top 11-20 in their gender.

Or if could be a person who has demonstrably climbed the ladder within Team Minnesota. There is so much talent in our state that moving up the ladder even a rung-or-two is very difficult, and one who does so will get serious consideration from the Selectors.

In alpha order, here are the official 2014 Most Improved (Women) nominees:

 

"...No Place Like Home"...

bikes.gifBy Suzie Fox (suz--news.blogspot.com)

Last Friday (9/5) morning Ann, Heidi, and I packed Ann's minivan to the max and returned to Madison for IM Wisconsin where it all began two years ago. In some ways it felt like it had been way more then 2 years and in some ways it felt like a lot less. We also had our friend John riding with us this year who I don't think realized that he was subjecting himself to 4.5 hours of nonstop girl talk but he was a trooper and we had a lot of fun. I was ecstatic that Ann and Heidi signed up with me again for this year bc there is nobody else I would rather take this journey with a second time, the training, the travel, the lodging, the whole adventure, these are my girls. My parents made the 8 hour drive from South Dakota and arrived on Friday as well, they have been to every IM I have done in the US. I was so grateful to see them all over the course, to have them stay in the same hotel as me just like in 2012 and to spend a lot of time with them over the weekend....

The Future of Minnesota Multisports...

emy-bike.gif2014 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - The MMA Selection Committee announces its official nominees for 2014 Rookie of the Year and Junior of the Year. They are:

 

Rookies:

EMY EVERHART, 35, St. Paul (photo L)

LAURA GREER, 26, Minneapolis

NICK NYGAARD, 24, Duluth

KELLY TROM, 27, Minneapolis

Juniors:

 

Official GMOY Nominees....

Bill-Schmitt.gif2014 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS: Today the MMA Selectors announce their official nominees for GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR:

 

NEIL KING, 64, Nevis - This is KIng's 3rd GMOY nomination. 2014 highlights include divisional wins at Life Time - Minneapolis, Buffalo and Walker, where he CRed. He also medaled (Bronze) at the Edmonton World Championships.

BILL SCHMITT, 60, Duluth (photo) - This is Bill's first MMA nomination. Five divisional wins in five starts, including two CRs, Bill cracked the overall Top 10 twice.

PAM STEVENS, 61, Sartell - A three-time MMA winner, Pam recorded five divisional wins in five starts in regional racing in 2014, including four CRs. She also picked up a Bronze medal at USAT Nationals.

GREG TAYLOR, 60, Yankton, SD - A two-time Minnesota Master of the Year, Greg dominated his division at Nationals and at the 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant. He cracked the overall Top 10 In all three of his Minnesota starts.

Other athletes receiving serious consideration in this category were: DEB ROBERTS (61, Nisswa), HANK LARSEN (73, Glencoe), SHERI SCHROCK (59,...

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