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Four Americans Nominated for Inaugural ITU Hall of Fame
Inductees to be named by Aug. 15 and honored at the 2014 ITU WTS Grand Final
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former elite American triathletes Mark Allen, Siri Lindley, Barb Lindquist and Karen Smyers are on the short list of athletes and contributors to be considered for the inaugural class of the International Triathlon Union Hall of Fame.
Launched this year in celebration of the organization’s 25th anniversary, ITU has selected 25 individuals with outstanding achievements in triathlon who have helped to shape the evolution of the sport. The list, which includes elite men, elite women and lifetime achievers (contributors), will be narrowed down to nine inductees. Those nine individuals will be announced by Aug. 15 and officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at the closing ceremony banquet at the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton, Alberta.
Nominees in the elite men’s and women’s category have earned championship titles in ITU World Championships, Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, World Cup Series (1990-2008) and the ITU World Rankings (1991-2008). Lifetime achievement nominees have made an extraordinary, long-term contribution off the field of play or through an exceptional contribution to ITU and the sport. Up to three elite men, three elite women, and three lifetime achievers will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of seven representatives.
“The sport of triathlon has been blessed with athletes pushing the limits of sport since the very first World Championships in Avignon 25 years ago,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “We look forward to honoring and celebrating their accomplishments, alongside those that have built the sport into what it has become today.”
“We would like to congratulate these four athletes who have been honored as nominees for the first class of the ITU Hall of Fame,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. “We’re proud that their accomplishments have made a lasting impact on the sport, and we know they will continue to do so for years to come.”
Mark Allen is recognized as one of triathlon’s all-time greats. Though he is most well-known for his six IRONMAN World Championship wins between 1989-95, he also won the first-ever ITU World Championships in 1989 in Avignon, France, by more than a minute. Between1988-90, Allen put together a winning streak of 20 races. Over the course of his competitive career, which ended in 1996, Allen earned a podium finish in 90 percent of his races. He was named Triathlete of the Year six times by Triathlete magazine, and in 1997 Outside magazine tabbed him “The World’s Fittest Man.” He now coaches athletes through Mark Allen Online and is an author and professional speaker.
Siri Lindley began her ITU career in 1996, but she proved to be a dominant force on the World Cup circuit in 2000-02, when she won 11 ITU World Cup titles. Lindley was crowned the ITU World Champion in 2001, and she claimed victory of the ITU World Cup Series in 2001-02 when she was also ranked No. 1 in the world. Lindley was twice voted as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Athlete of the Month, earning the honor in July 2001 and July 2002, and Triathlete magazine named her the Triathlete of the Year in 2001. She founded her own coaching business in 2003 and has led athletes to Olympic and World Championships titles and No. 1 world rankings.
Barb Lindquist competed for Stanford University as a swimmer and was a member of the U.S. National Team until 1991. She began her professional triathlon career in 1996, representing the U.S. as a member of the USA Triathlon World Championship team for 10 years. In 134 career races, she won 33, finishing on the podium 86 times and in the top 10 114 times. She was ranked first in the world from February 2003 through 2004, and placed ninth at the 2004 Olympic Games. Though she retired from racing in 2005, she continues to contribute to the sport, first as the coach of the Under-23 National Team and now as the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program Manager. Lindquist is also credited with recruiting Gwen Jorgensen to the sport in 2010.
Karen Smyers is one of the most versatile women in the history of triathlon. Over her professional career, she accumulated seven U.S. national triathlon titles (including six in a row), one U.S. national duathlon title, two world titles (in 1990 and 1995), and one victory at Ironman Kona. Her 1995 double of winning at Kona and returning two weeks later to capture the ITU World Championships title is one of the most remarkable achievements in the sport to date. Smyers was also a Pan American Games gold medalist, a seven-time World Cup champion, the 1991 ITU World Cup Series winner and a three-time USOC Triathlete of the Year. She continues to serve as an inspiration through her coaching, writing, speaking, and by sharing her story of surviving cancer.
For more information on the ITU Hall of Fame, visit triathlon.org/hall_of_fame.
ITU Hall of Fame Nominees
Erin Baker, NZL
Emma Carney, AUS
Vanessa Fernandez, POR
Jackie Gallagher, AUS
Loretta Harrop, AUS
Siri Lindley, USA
Barb Lindquist, USA
Michellie Jones, AUS
Karen Smyers, USA
Emma Snowsill, AUS
Mark Allen, USA
Rob Barel, NED
Brad Beven, AUS
Hamish Carter, NZL
Simon Lessing, GBR
Chris McCormack, AUS
Peter Robertson, AUS
Spencer Smith, GBR
Miles Stewart, AUS
Greg Welch, AUS
Simon Whitfield, CAN
Gunnar Ericsson, SWE
Chiharu Igaya, JPN
Les McDonald, CAN
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).