From the nail-biting performances and inspirational comebacks to the innovative gear and controversy we didn’t see coming, here are the people, gear and moments worth remembering in 2012.
Best Race Moment
1. Women’s Olympic Finish
The sprint finish between Lisa Norden and Nicola Spirig was one for the books—even at the finish line, spectators, officials and the athletes themselves weren’t sure who had taken gold until they showed the photo finish. Spirig won by inches.
2. Crowie Edging Out Cameron Brown At Ironman Melbourne
The high-caliber field at March’s inaugural Ironman Melbourne made for an exciting race, but the highlight was the stride-for-stride marathon between veterans Craig “Crowie” Alexander of Australia and Cameron Brown of New Zealand. Alexander eventually opened a gap after mile 20 and won the race in 7:57:44.
3. Rev3′s Cedar Point Finish
At the June Rev3 Cedar Point race, 49-year-old Patti Jackson, a cancer survivor and member of the U.S. Air Force, was still on the course, with an anticipated finish of over 19 hours. Instead of closing up shop, owner Charlie Patten and his staff, all the volunteers, the police and Jackson’s tri club Team Z stayed out to support her. The DJ downloaded her favorite song (Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best”), the medical and massage teams stayed to help at the finish and Rev3 held off their elaborate fireworks display until she made it across around 2:30 a.m.