The Pros You Won’t See In Kona

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Jul 27, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC
Photo: Andrew Loehman

With injuries and USADA allegations keeping top contenders on the bench this year, the starting list for this October’s Ironman World Championship seems to be getting less and less competitive. Or is it?

Who might not be in Kona:

Lance Armstrong

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, you know that the seven-time Tour de France champion faces sanction from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and has been banned from Ironman events until the resolution of the investigation. While World Triathlon Corporation (owners of Ironman) had the option to allow Armstrong to race its races, CEO Andrew Messick released a statement that said: “Our rules, as stated in the WTC Professional Athlete Agreement and Waiver, dictate an athlete is ineligible to compete during an open investigation. Armstrong is therefore suspended from competing in WTC-owned and licensed races pending further review.” Until the allegations, Armstrong’s season had looked promising, having just won Ironman 70.3 Hawaii, but now his chances of making it to the Kona start line are slim.

RELATED – Behind The Lance Ban: A Talk With WTC CEO Andrew Messick

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.

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