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Haag, Roberts, Grinaker, Walker....Updated Yet Again...

smt_swim_start.pngSUPERIORMAN PREVIEW - KORTNEY HAAG has seven half IM wins on her resume, including here in 2015 when she set the women's course record (4:43:08). Once again, she will enter the race as the favorite.

On paper, Haag's stiffest challenge will come from a woman who hasn't raced the 70.3 distance since her only attempt at the in 2010. Her name is CHRISTINA ROBERTS, and her time at Liberty was 5:16:42. She placed 7th.

Kortney knows that the 2016 version of Christina Roberts is much faster than the 2010 version. Roberts was ranked 2nd on Team...

Maple Grove VII Preview...

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LIFE TIME TRI - MAPLE GROVE PREVIEW - Can you believe that this race is seven years old already?

Time flies when you're having fun.

When we glanced at the current entrant list we were most impressed with the depth of the women's field in the sprint race, so, we are going to concentrate on that here....

Mature Teen & A Pair of Hankees...

Uncle_R_and_Liila.jpgPHOTO - A pair of Randys - Uncle Randy Fulton, St. Paul Tri founder/director, and his bud, Randy Liila, enjoying a perfect morning at Lake Phalen.

 

ST. PAUL TRIATHLONS - In the wind and rain on Saturday at the Lake Marion Sprint, two-time Junior of the Year candidate MITCHELL CLAYTON zigged when he should have zagged. The wrong turn resulted in a DNF.

Mitchell smiled and shrugged his shoulders. Do-do happens, right?

He immediatedly decided to race the next day at the St. Paul Sprint, where he hoped, as he had at the LMT, to come away with a victory. If he did, it would be his 4th W of the 2016 season. (Yes, he appears to be a shoo-in for another JOY nomination.)

Sunday wasn't yucky. In fact, weather conditions couldn't have been more ideal. Mitchell raced his heart out, but according to the results, he didn't win, although he came very close. Just 17 seconds separated him from the...

Craft Beer & Sit Down Transitions...

sontowskis.jpgIn the Metro on Saturday, racing conditions were less than ideal. In fact, they were downright yucky. Still, some great racing took place.

Conversely, on Sunday, racing conditions were awesome. Some would say that they couldn't have been better, and we would agree with that assessment. Sunny, mild, temps in the low 60s with negligible wind. A great day to be outdoors.

On Saturday, though, wind, strong and cold, and rain, sometimes torrential, had almost every finisher at the 9th annual Lake Marion Triathlon scurrying for the beer tent after they finished (photo - the Sontowskis, Marc and Erin). Lakeville Brewing Company was serving a fine and nummilicious craft ale--Irish Red--and most, if not all, of the five pony kegs that were on site were drained....

Wow!

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Gwen Jorgensen of the United States surged away from defending Olympic champion Nicola Spirig of Switzerland to win the first Olympic gold medal in triathlon for the United States on Saturday at Copacabana Beach. Vicky Holland of Great Britain sprinted past teammate Non Stanford for the bronze at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

Jorgensen's historic gold is the first Olympic medal for the U.S. since Susan Williams won bronze at the Athens 2004 Games. Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) had been vocal about her goal to win gold in Rio after a flat tire at the London 2012 Games led to a 38th-place finish. Since...

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