Who Might Be in Kona
Mary Beth Ellis (USA)
Known as a “bulldog” on the race course, Team TBB athlete Ellis has been dominant at 140.6 since her Ironman debut in 2011. She was considered the best U.S. hope for a Kona crown (the last American to win in Kona was Tim DeBoom in 2002) until a bike crash on Sept. 9 left her with a broken clavicle and torn ligaments. As Triathlete.com reported, Ellis underwent surgery and is working to make the start line in Kona next month, but it remains to be seen how her body, specifically her shoulder, will hold up under 2.4 miles of ocean swimming and 112 miles of cycling in the aerobars.