Performance of the Year
1. Nicola Spirig Out-Leans At The Olympics
Despite two ITU World Triathlon Series wins leading up to the 2012 London Olympics, Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig was largely under the radar. After 1,500 meters of swimming, 40K of biking and 6 miles of running, Spirig was running with a group of four and decided to make a break with 400 meters to go. She narrowly out-leaned Sweden’s Lisa Norden at the finish line tape to earn Olympic gold.
2.Pete Jacobs Dominates In Kona
Despite suffering an early-season injury, Aussie Pete Jacobs shaped his season around coming back to Kona and earning the one place that could improve on his runner-up finish in 2011. Jacobs raced Hawaii with a new set of bike legs and crushed the competition, winning his first world title with a five-minute margin over second place.
3. Natascha Badmann Beats The Young Guns
A good chunk of the 2012 Ironman World Championship’s top-five post-race women’s press conference was spent gushing about the race’s sixth-place finisher, and for good reason. Six-time Ironman world champion Natascha Badmann of Switzerland earned the impressive finish thanks in large part to her field-leading 5:06:07 bike split. Oh, and did we mention she did it at age 45?