Pros You Won’t See In Kona This Year

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Sep 25, 2013
  • Updated Jan 15, 2016 at 1:38 PM UTC
Mary Beth Ellis at the 2011 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Kurt Hoy

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 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.

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.

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