First Endurance athletes dominate the awards by taking three of the six available spots for athlete of the year. Jordan Rapp took top honors followed by Olympic distance stud Cameron Dye. On the women’s side MaryBeth Ellis took the top honors.
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American Male Athlete of the Year
1. Jordan Rapp
2012 saw “Rappstar” establish himself as one of the top long-distance athletes in the world. Rapp earned his fourth (Texas) andfifth (New York) Ironman wins before dominating the field at the inaugural Leadman Tri Bend. Despite a somewhat disappointing performance at his rookie race in Kona (he finished 13th), Rapp’s three big wins put him atop this list.
2. Cameron Dye
Dye did something this year that few athletes do anymore: He focused his entire season on Olympic-distance non-drafting races, and he reaped the benefits. Dye raced his way to six victories and earned the most points in the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series, winning the title of 2012 Toyota Cup champion.
3. Andy Potts
Potts has proven himself to be one of the most versatile athletes in the sport, with the ability to succeed across all distances. Potts posted victories across Olympic-distance, 70.3 and Ironman races in 2012, becoming the winningest male athlete ever at the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco. To top it off, Potts was the fastestAmerican male in Kona with his seventh-place finish.
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American Female Athlete of the Year
1. Mary Beth Ellis
Ellis, known simply as “MBE” to many, topped off a stellar season, which included victories at the Ironman U.S. Championship (aka Ironman New York) and Ironman 70.3 France, with a fifth-place finish in Kona as the top American woman. A member of Brett Sutton’s Team TBB squad, Ellis only began racing Ironman a year ago but already has five wins under her belt.
2. Sarah Haskins
The winner of the 2012 Race to the Toyota Cup Life Time Triathlon Series, Haskins has proven virtually unbeatable in the non-drafting Olympic distance.
3. Sarah Groff
Her fourth-place finish at the London Olympics, an agonizingly tough position just off the podium, only further endeared the charismatic Groff to the hearts of triathlon fans everywhere.