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Hy-Vee Elite Cup Race Preview

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Aug 29, 2013
  • Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 8:36 PM UTC
Lisa Norden has been focusing on longer distances this year and will race the following weekend in Las Vegas. Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.org

Women’s Race

Reigning ITU world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Lisa Norden of Sweden will be back in Des Moines to defend her 2011 and 2012 Hy-Vee titles. However, her 2013 season hasn’t been nearly as impressive as last year’s, so it’s hard to tell what shape she’ll be in this weekend, especially just one week before the 70.3 world champs in Vegas. She’ll be facing a tough, diverse field of ITU, Olympic non-draft and long-course women, including former Hy-Vee champion and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Emma Moffatt of Australia; 70.3 star and Canadian Angela Naeth, who was fourth here last year; and Aussie Melissa Hauschildt, the 2011 70.3 world champion who was fifth in Hy-Vee last year and has had some impressive victories this season. Other pros who could contend for the title include German ITU athlete Svenja Bazlen; reigning Ironman and 70.3 world champion Leanda Cave of Great Britain; 70.3 pro Kelly Williamson of the U.S.; New Zealand Olympian Nicky Samuels; Olympic non-draft specialist Alicia Kaye; and Chilean ITU star Barbara Riveros.

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Women
Lisa Norden (SWE)
Svenja Bazlen (GER)
Meredith Kessler (USA)
Nicky Samuels (NZL)
Emma Moffatt (AUS)
Angela Naeth (CAN)
Daniela Ryf (SUI)
Radka Vodickova (CZE)
Kelly Williamson (USA)
Melissa Hauschildt (AUS)
Laura Bennett (USA)
Alicia Kaye (USA)
Holly Lawrence (GBR)
Barbara Riveros (CHI)
Liz Blatchford (GBR)
Lauren Goss (USA)
Sarah Crowley (AUS)
Jen Spieldenner (USA)
Leanda Cave (GBR)
Margaret Shapiro (USA)
Lauren Brandon (USA)
Abby Geurink (USA)
Laurel Wassner (USA)
Jeanni Seymour (RSA)
Catherine Jameson (GBR)
Jillian Petersen (USA)
Renate Forstner (GER)
Maxine Seear (AUS)
Kaitlin Donner (USA)
Anna Cleaver (NZL)

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the associate editor for Triathlete and Inside Triathlon magazines. She received her B.A. in journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University and is a multiple half-marathon finisher.

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