magazine announces its picks for the 10 greatest female triathletes of all time.
Whenever you put the word “greatest” in front of an athlete’s name, people start to bristle. And while it’s hard to pick the greatest female triathlete of all time, Inside Triathlon magazine’s staff got to talking about our picks for the athletes to consider. In fairness, we’ve listed them in alphabetical order.
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Natascha Badmann Before there was Chrissie and her smiles there was Badmann. The competition watched her cheery face annihilate them six times in Kona. Photo: Lois Schwartz Erin Baker Depending on who you ask, the two-time Kona champ is the greatest triathlete to ever live. She was simply dominant. Photo: Lois Schwartz Mirinda Carfrae Carfrae proved with her fastest-ever run split in Kona (2:53:32), which she ran virtually alone, and her overall time of 8:58:36—the fourth-fastest time ever—that she is a force to be reckoned with, Chrissie Wellington toeing the line or not. Photo: Nils Nilsen Emma Carney The two-time ITU world champion saw 19 world cup wins in her career, more than anyone in history except Vanessa Fernandes. Photo: Delly Carr/Sportshoot Vanessa Fernandes She has more world cup wins than anyone (21), an Olympic silver medal from Beijing and a world championship to her name. Photo: Janos Schmidt Loretta Harrop Harrop was virtually unbeatable in the early 2000s, and because of her dominance in drafting and non-drafting short course racing, the Life Time Fitness Series was forced to tilt the Equalizer time into the men’s favor. They called it the “Loretta Harrop factor” because she was so much faster than all the other women. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org Michellie Jones Jones was a winner at every distance, and on the road and off. And many call the 2006 Kona champ and two-time ITU world champion the “real” gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, given that the on-paper gold medalist, Brigitte McMahon, tested positive for EPO in 2005. Photo: Rich Cruse Paula Newby-Fraser The Queen of Kona reigns supreme on many a “best of” list. It’s a safe bet to say that her eight Hawaii titles will never be equaled. Photo: Lois Schwartz Emma Snowsill With her Olympic gold in Beijing, her two Hy-Vee victories and her dominating performance at the ITU world champs last year (where she won by almost two minutes with a blistering 10K split of 33:08), Snowsill proved that she just might be the most clutch racer in the sport. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org Chrissie Wellington There aren’t enough superlatives to describe Wellington, who is undefeated at the iron distance and who holds the world record at an Ironman event (8:36:13), an iron distance event (8:19:13), and the Ironman World Championship (8:54:02). Watch out boys. Photo: Rich Cruse
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