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2014 POY: "Premier" Trumps "Prestige"...

HL-LTF.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - In the Performance of the Year category, a single athlete, by rule, can have no more than two nominations. It was especially difficult this year limiting our choices for Dani Fischer and Heather Lendway (photo L), both of whom excelled on the world and national stages and recorded nearly 20 victories between them....

Triathlete of the Year: Women

heather-and-dani.gifMinnesota Multisport Awards - Here are the official nominees for 2014 Female Triathlete of the Year and their tri resumes:

DANI FISCHER, 26, Wausau, WI

2014 Triathlon Highlights:

1st @ USAT Long Course Nationals (4:23!)

1st @ Best of the US Championship

1st @ Chicago World Triathlon

1st @ Green Bay Triathlon

1st @ Wausau Triathlon (CR - 1st overall!)

2nd @ USAT Nationals

3rd @ ITU Edmonton Worlds (photo L)

3rd @ Life Time - Minneapolis Elite...

Triathlete of the Year: Men...

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Minnesota Multisport Awards - Here are the official nominees for 2014 Male Triathlete of the Year:

SEAN COOLEY, 28, Grand Forks, ND - Sean's resume is highlighted by three wins. Additionally, he established himself as one of our region's best 70.3 racers.

BROOKS GROSSINGER, 37, Mayer - Brooks won four of the seven multis he did in 2014, setting course records in two of them. He excelled in dus as well as tris....

Upwardly Mobile: The Guys...Updated...

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...

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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:

 

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