Best Pro Comeback
1. Jamie Whitmore
After becoming a two-time Xterra world champion, the off-road queen was diagnosed in 2007 with a rare form of cancer. Two softball-size tumors were removed from her lower back, and she lost her hamstring, her left glute muscle and use of her lower left leg. While she raced a few short-course Xterras in 2011, in 2012 she conquered the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race by finishing in a time of 11:42:37.
2. Janelle Morrison
A near-fatal car accident in November 2010 broke almost every major bone in the Canadian pro triathlete’s body. Less than two years later she completed a few half-iron-distance races before her Ironman comeback in Penticton, Canada, where she finished in a time of 9:53:20.
3. Andrew Starykowicz
During the bike portion of the Abu Dhabi Triathlon in March, Starykowicz collided with a volunteer, sending them both to the hospital and him into a controversial legal battle that kept him in the UAE for six weeks. Later in the year, wins at Rev3 South Carolina and Ironman Florida put him back in the game.