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Class of 2013 Announced
Five Multisport Greats Named to USA Triathlon Hall of Fame
Ironman pioneers John and Judy Collins and Tom Warren, along with elite legend Mike Pigg and age-group star Madonna Buder, comprise the sixth induction class of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame, the multisport National Governing Body announced today.
“We are deeply honored to announce the 2013 inductees into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame,” said Jon Gray Noll, chair of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Committee. “These five individuals truly embrace every aspect of the genesis of our sport – founder, elite competitor, pioneer, age-group athlete and innovator. Each person’s contribution and commitment has formed the bedrock upon which today’s triathlon competition thrives. To enshrine them in the Hall of Fame serves to confirm this legacy.”
The USA Triathlon Hall of Fame was founded in 2008, and this year’s class will bring the total number of inductees to 27. The five inductees will be honored at a banquet Thursday, June 26 in Chicago to open the ITU World Triathlon Chicago race weekend. Tickets to this exclusive event, which has sold out in each of the past five years, will be available at a later date. Visit usatriathlon.org for more information on the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.
About this year’s USA Triathlon Hall of Fame inductees:
Madonna Buder — Age-Group Athlete (Spokane, Wash.)
Madonna Buder is widely known as Sister Madonna or the Iron Nun. She has won 11 U.S. national titles, including eight at the Olympic-distance race at USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals, and she is also a 16-time world champion. In addition to her collection of national and world titles in Olympic-distance events, she has also captured 12 age-group wins at the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. She was named the 1999 USA Triathlon Grand Masters Triathlete of the Year and was considered a competitive rival of fellow Hall of Fame inductee Ethel Autorino.
John and Judy Collins — Contributors (Coronado, Calif.)
Creators of the Ironman Triathlon in 1978 in Hawaii, John and Judy Collins served as race directors of the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii in 1978-79. The pair are Ironman finishers themselves, John completing the 1978 Ironman and Judy participating in the 2003 Ironman Revisited on the original Oahu course. Both competed in the first-ever triathlon in the U.S. in San Diego in 1974 along with their 12- and 13-year-old children. Taken with the sport, they convinced their masters swim coach to start the longest-running triathlon in the world (Coronado Optimist Sports Fiesta Triathlon in 1975). They were inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame in 1998.
Mike Pigg — Elite Athlete (McKinleyville, Calif.)
Known for his cycling prowess, Mike Pigg dominated Olympic-distance racing in the U.S. for several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He became the first men’s ITU World Cup winner in 1991 in St. Croix. His credentials also include three-time triathlon national champion and two-time USOC Male Triathlete of the Year. He competed in the Ironman World Championship for five straight years from 1985-89, recording his best finish (second) in 1988 behind Scott Molina. A current resident of Humboldt County, Calif., he remains active in community affairs, acting as the race director for a local youth triathlon and serving a term as chair of the county school board.
Tom Warren is considered triathlon’s first folk hero and he has been involved with the sport from the early days in the 1970s. As the winner of the 1979 Ironman Hawaii, he was featured in the pivotal feature in Sports Illustrated, written by Barry McDermott, which helped inspire a generation to participate in the sport. In 1989, he finished third in his age group at the event. He also won the 45-49 age group at USA Triathlon’s Age Group Nationals in 1989-90. As an event director, he produced a wildly popular three-leg event called Tug’s Swim-Run-Swim from 1975-85.
Read the full USA Triathlon announcement here
2014 Hall of Fame Banquet Details
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM Reception Presented by BP (Grand Ballroom)
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner (Grand Ballroom)
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM Inductee Presentations (Grand Ballroom)
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Javier Gomez will no longer be in attendance. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Navy Pier Parking
Parking is available at the Navy Pier for $21 per day. The Navy Pier parking map can be found here.
Hilton Chicago Shuttle
USA Triathlon will be offering a shuttle from the host hotel, Hilton Chicago to the banquet at Navy Pier. One-way and round trip tickets will be available for $10 and $20 respectively. The shuttle will start at 4 PM. While walk-ups are accepted, to ensure your spot on the shuttle, please email email@example.com. Cash or check only will be accepted at the door.
USA Triathlon Foundation Silent Auction
The USA Triathlon Foundation is designed to improve the general well-being of individuals through programming that supports the multisport lifestyle. Donations and grants will help instill fitness in children in underserved communities across the country, open the doors of participation to aspiring paratriathletes and fuel the Olympic dreams of America's rising stars.
A silent auction will take place during the 2014 USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Banquet with all proceeds going towards the USA Triathlon Foundation.
Items to bid on include:
- Rudy Project Packages
- Signed Cycling Jersey by US Athletes
- JayBird Wireless Headphones and Garmin Bundle
- Compex Unit
To make a secure, tax-deductible contribution to the USA Triathlon Foundation, please visit usatriathlon.org/foundationdonation.
To submit a nomination, click here to download the nomination form. Form may be returned via email or fax.
CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR NOMINATION TO THE USA TRIATHLON HALL OF FAME
I. MISSION STATEMENT
The USA Triathlon Hall of Fame serves to recognize, honor and commemorate those individuals, groups and entities that have demonstrated excellence in every aspect of multisport and inspire others to elevate their performance, participation and involvement in multisport in their communities.
II. CATEGORIES OF ELIGIBILITY
An athlete shall be eligible for nomination in this category if he or she, while licensed as an elite athlete by USA Triathlon or its predecessors, competed with great success in national or world events over a period of years; demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship, and contributed in other ways to the betterment of multisport. Achievements in all disciplines governed by USA Triathlon may be considered, including but not necessarily limited to those in triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, paratriathlon, off-road and winter triathlon. To be nominated, an elite athlete must have not competed as an elite athlete for at leastthree years prior to consideration or have reached the age of 40. Nominees must be a U.S. citizen at the time of achievement.
Age-group athletes — men and women
An athlete shall be eligible for nomination in this category if the athlete, while licensed as an age group athlete by USA Triathlon or its predecessors, competed with great success in major national or world events over a period of years; demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship; and contributed in other ways to the betterment of multisport. Achievements in all disciplines governed by USA Triathlon may be considered, including but not necessarily limited to those in triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, paratriathlon, off-road, and winter triathlon. Nominees must be a U.S. citizen at the time of achievement.
This category is intended to encompass a broad array of people and activities associated with the disciplines governed by USA Triathlon. Nominees must be a U.S. citizen or be a U.S. national (someone who has resided in the U.S. for three consecutive years) at the time of contribution.A contributor shall be eligible in this category:
A. If he or she has made significant contributions to the growth, reputation, character, and/or success of any of the disciplines governed by USA Triathlon. Contributions in a wide variety ofcategories may be considered, including, but not limited to sport pioneer; event organizer; event official; inventor of equipment processes, or systems; member of the media; coach; trainer;volunteer; and/or service to the governing body;
B. If a person made a single or brief, but significant and unique contribution to the any of the disciplines governed by USA Triathlon.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the Criteria for Eligibility.