Male Athlete of the Year
1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR)
Despite an Achilles tear in May, the older Brownlee stormed back onto the ITU scene by winning his first race back in Kitzbühel, Austria. He went on to thrill the home crowd in London, winning Olympic gold thanks to a stunning 29:07 10K run. With the win, Brownlee became the first-ever reigning triathlon world champion to live up to the hype and earn Olympic gold.
2. Javier Gomez (ESP)
The Spaniard has proven to be the year’s most versatile triathlete. He kept pace with the Brownlees to earn Olympic silver. From there, he dominated the non-drafting Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship. Then, just one week after winning the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final, Gomez entered his first-ever off-road triathlon in Maui and walked away the Xterra world champion.
3. Sebastian Kienle (GER)
2012 saw the German go from a relative unknown to one of the biggest names on the long-course circuit. The super-cyclist won at the Ironman World Championship 70.3 and finished fourth in his debut at the Ironman World Championship in Kona (despite getting a flat on the bike).