Female Athlete of the Year
1. Leanda Cave (GBR)
In 2012 Cave became the first woman ever to win both the 70.3 world championship and the Kona crown in the same season. She preceded those wins with a victory at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, despite getting a slower start to the season due to an illness she may have picked up at a race in Panama, and later a couple of cracked ribs in a freak fall. The mandated rest just may have been her ticket to a world-beating season’s end.
2. Lisa Norden (SWE)
Nicola Spirig may have outleaned her through the Olympic finishing tape, forcing her to settle for silver, but Norden captured the 2012 ITU world title after a season of commanding performances, including a win at Hy-Vee.
3. Caroline Steffen (SUI)
The “Swiss Miss” led the bike during this year’s Ironman World Championship and battled with eventual winner Leanda Cave on the run, finishing as the runner-up. She also beat out Mirinda Carfrae and Rachel Joyce to win the inaugural Ironman Melbourne earlier in the year.