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MORCELLI

By Jason Goepfert

This is Morcelli (with his mom, Eddah, and Lisa Goepfert.)

When he was a child, he couldn't pedal a tricycle. He couldn't hold

a crayon like other kids and he couldn't walk in a straight line.

There were a lot of things he couldn't do like the others.

Assorted News Stuff...

jasmineNAME DROPPAGE - Brett Lovaas' victory on Sunday at the 12th Lakes Country Triathlon was his 26th win since he exiled himself from the Cheesehead State in 1997 and became a Minnesota guy. Over the 15-year period that he has been a Twin Citizen, only St. Paul's David Thompson (80), Cathy Yndestad (58), Brian Bich (43), and Jan Guenther (41, we think?) have won more multisport races. Lovaas is currently tied with Patrick Parish, who has also won 26 trs & dus, for 5th place on this august list.

DU-ING WELL THESE DAYS - Dan Arlandson, who is nice guy, kinda tall and doesn't say much, and Jasmine Carlson, who is also very nice, in addition to being arrestingly pretty, won the 4th annual Minneapolis Duathlon on Sunday. As you can see, Jasmine (phone L) has an impressive "six pack." With two wins, a 3rd and a 5th in 2012 du action, Dan may be looking at a Duathlete of the Year nomination. MPLS DU RESULTS...

Best Buds Rock in Baxter....

brett & mike(Photo - BFFs Brett Lovaas and Mike Waataja go 1-2 at Lakes Co. XII)

By Shelly Summer

Sports Writer / Brainerd Dispatch

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Best Swim Course Ever! And Other Good Stuff...

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NOTE: Results link for yesterday's Lakes Country Triathlon is at the bottom of this post. Words & pics tomorrow.

SUPERIOR MAN I - Best swim course ever!

The Superior Man Half IM was highlighted by a plethora a unique and cool features. Attractive iron awards that required two hands to lift. The indoor transition (on UMD's hockey rink). North Shore bike route. Panoramic views of the bay, the lift bridge and the city. And an amazing finish location, adorned by a totally cool wingless airplane. 350 registered athletes; 250+ volunteers. Great ratio, huh!

And the best damn swim course ever. Very spectator friendly, the athletes were close enough to read the numbers on the participants' swim caps. Viewers could cheer for, and take photos of, their competing friends and family members....

Michelle's Journey...

andresPhoto by Laura Radniecki

By Shelly Summer

Sports Writer / Brainerd Dispatch

For some, the prize is in the destination, but for Michelle Andres, 34, of East Gull Lake, the journey is where all of her dreams are coming true as a triathlon champion.

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