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Midwest Athletes claim USA Triathlon Athletes of the Year Honorable Mentions

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Last week USA Triathlon announced the 2010 Age Group Athletes of the Year, presented by Garmin, and we caught up with the 3 Midwest athletes that received honorable mentions:

Men’s Overall Triathlete of the Year – Honorable Mention
Patrick Davis (Ames, Iowa)
How does receiving the honorable mention feel?  “Being mentioned along with the top amateur triathletes in the nation is amazing.  I raced most of them throughout the year and knew all of them were tough competitors. It shows me that a lot of hard work can produce results that I never thought of.  This year I set some lofty goals for myself and was able to accomplish them.  Hopefully next year I can come out even stronger and accomplish new goals.”
 
What do you feel you worked the hardest on in your 2010 training?  “This year I learned how to train smarter, not harder.  In the past I had always thought it was the amount of work that mattered.  Not true.  I trained less this year and made huge gains in my fitness.  The next biggest focus was getting my run times to start dropping.  With a lot of form work and race specific workouts my coach and I were able to make this happen.”
 
Anyone you'd like to thank for your success? “Of course I have to thank my parents.  They have been huge supporters of my racing and I can't thank them enough.”
 
Favorite post-race treat? “Anything unhealthy works just fine.  If I raced well it would be a Gotta Have It size of whatever looks the best from Coldstone.”

Men’s Overall Triathlete of the Year – Honorable Mention
Patrick Parish (Circle Pines, Minn)
How does receiving the honorable mention feel?  “I am grateful to receive honorable mention.  I'm encouraged by my progress to date and hope to continue improving.”  

What do you feel you worked the hardest on in your 2010 training? “I focused on staying relaxed and listening to feedback from my body”. 

Anyone you'd like to thank for your success? “I'd like to thank USA Triathlon for this recognition, my family and friends for their support in spite of my obsessive tendencies, and the Minnesota multisport community for making sure I had fun along the way. I'd also like to acknowledge help from the Twin Cities Multisports Club, North Suburban Aquatic Club, Run N Fun, Grand Performance bike shop, HED Cycling, and Dobkanize Swimming.”

Favorite post-race treat? “Fried egg sandwiches and a nap”

Women’s Overall Triathlete of the Year – Honorable Mention
Cindi Bannink (Madison, Wis.)
How does receiving the honorable mention feel?  “I am shocked, really, it isn’t something I expected and feel honored to be in the company of these amazing and talented athletes.”

What do you feel you worked the hardest on in your 2010 training?  “After 10+ years racing triathlon, I find that listening to my body is critical to my success. I continue to be challenged to maintain balance in my life, both in a broad scope and in my daily activities.  I don’t take triathlon too seriously, it has always been and will continue to be a hobby and an opportunity to challenge myself and use the gifts that I have been given.  I love the sport and I love to compete and I’ll keep racing as long as that love remains.”

Anyone you’d like to thank for your success? “I'd like to thank my community of family and friends that have supported and encouraged me every step of the way.  Mom and Dad, you created me and taught me that I can do anything I put my heart to.  Madison Multisport Team, you inspire me every day I watch you train and race.  Madison Community, you continue to make training and racing fun.“

Favorite post-race treat? “Ice cream and a big burrito”

Also from Cindi: “I'd also like to quickly mention that I am super excited for Gwen Jorgensen (Milwaukee) to have received the Elite "Rookie of the Year" award.  I have been working with Gwen as her triathlon coach for a little over a year and it has been amazing to watch her grow and develop in the sport.  She is highly talented, but also very motivated and willing to do what it takes to reach the top.  Keep your eye on this girl, I suspect this won't be a 'one hit wonder' just from 2010, she has her sights set on representing the USA in the 2012 Olympic Games.”

Women’s Overall Duathlete of the Year – Honorable Mention
Jenny Wilcox (Cottage Grove, Minn)
How does receiving the honorable mention feel?  “I am honored, I feel there are many other athletes around the country who are also very deserving, so I was not expecting this at all.


What do you feel you worked the hardest on in your 2010 training? “I put a lot of energy into my biking abilities and swim technique. The running is something that comes easier for me since I have been doing it for so many years.”


Anyone you'd like to thank for your success? “My husband and kids who put up with me and all of my racing and training. In addition, to my coach who has always believed in me and kept pushing me to try to get to the next level.”



Favorite post-race treat? “Chocolate milk, peanut butter on an english muffin with banana sliced and honey and some dark chocolate...yum!”



From all of us at USAT Midwest, we would like to send out a special congratulations to our 2010 Elite - Rookie of the Year Gwen Jorgensen (Milwaukee, Wis.)

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