USA Triathlon January 14, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — With eight-time Ironman world champion Paula Newby-Fraser and 2004 U.S. Olympian Barb Lindquist leading the way, five individuals who have shaped the sport of triathlon will be inducted into USA Triathlon's Hall of Fame Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Broadmoor.
Tickets for this exclusive event are available to the general public and may be purchased online for $40. The event, which is slated to run from 5:30-9 p.m., will be limited to the first 300 attendees.
Joining Newby-Fraser and Lindquist in USAT's second Hall of Fame class are contributors Jim Curl, Valerie Silk and Carl Thomas. Podcasts with each of the inductees are available at usatriathlon.org.
The USAT Hall of Fame banquet will provide endurance sport enthusiasts a second opportunity to mingle with some of sport's elite names in just over 24 hours.
Cycling legend Johan Bruyneel, who helped guide Lance Armstrong to a record seven Tour de France titles as his longtime team manager, will be a keynote speaker at USAT's 2010 Art & Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium, at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, also at The Broadmoor.
Tickets for the general public this one-of-a-kind event can be purchased online for $55.
USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Banquet
When: Saturday, Feb. 13, 5:30- 9 p.m.
Where: The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Who: Inductees include eight-time Ironman world champion Paula Newby-Fraser, 2004 U.S. Olympian Barb Lindquist and triathlon contributors Jim Curl, Valerie Silk and Carl Thomas
Tickets: $40, Purchase Online
About The Inductees
Jim Curl, Contributor
In 1982, Jim Curl, along with fellow inductee Carl Thomas, began the U.S. Triathlon Series. The USTS distance evolved and led Curl and Thomas to create what is now known as the Olympic distance (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run). Through the series, Curl has produced over 150 triathlons internationally, and his involvement includes the creation of the Reebok Women's Triathlon Series and events that have become some of the larger races in the U.S., such as St. Anthony's Triathlon and the Accenture Chicago Triathlon.
Jim Curl Bio
Barb Lindquist, post-1999 elite athlete
Barb Lindquist began her athletic career as a swimmer. She competed for Stanford University and was a member of the U.S. National Team until 1991. In 1996, she began her professional triathlon career and has been an integral part of the sport ever since. Lindquist was a member of the USA Triathlon World Championship team for 10 years, and in 134 career races, she won 33, stood on the podium 86 times and finished 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 USAT Collegiate Recruitment Program Coordinator.
Barb Lindquist Bio
Paula Newby-Fraser, pre-2000 elite athlete
Paula Newby-Fraser is considered one of the greatest triathletes to ever have competed. She has won more Ironmans than other legends like Mark Allen, Erin Baker and Dave Scott. Newby-Fraser won eight Ironman World Championships between 1986 and 1996 and has 24 total Ironman career wins. The world record she set for the Ironman distance stood for nearly 15 years. Newby-Fraser has earned multiple honors in addition to her championship titles, as she was named "Professional Sportswoman of the Year" in 1990 by the Women's Sports Foundation, the "Greatest Triathlete in History" by Triathlete magazine in 1999, and "Female Pro Athlete of the Decade" by the L.A. Times for the 1980s. She also was named one of the top five professional female athletes of the past 25 years (1972-1997) by the United States Sports Academy.
Paula Newby-Fraser Bio
Valerie Silk, Contributor
The Ironman triathlon would not be where it is today without Valerie Silk. Silk served as the owner, president, CEO and race director for the Hawaiian Triathlon Corporation (now the World Triathlon Corporation) throughout the 1980s. She negotiated multi-year sponsorship agreements and network coverage through ABC's Wide World of Sports. She also increased the volunteer base by over 2,500 volunteers and developed merchandising and licensing divisions for Ironman products and services. Ironman grew internationally, as Silk developed qualifying races in other countries, as well as the IronKids Triathlon Series.
Valerie Silk Bio
Carl Thomas, Contributor
When Thomas was the vice president of marketing at Speedo Swimwear in 1982, he joined Jim Curl to create the U.S. Triathlon Series. The series quickly spread from the original five cities to 12 nationwide. The format of the series and the distance was considered ideal for Olympic competition, and Thomas predicted that by the time triathlon was an Olympic sport, "hundreds of thousands of athletes will have competed at the Olympic distance" worldwide. In 1984, he founded CAT Sports, Inc., creating network televised special events for a number of sports and acting as the executive producer of over 25 televised triathlon events for ESPN, NBC and other national syndications. Thomas also served as the first treasurer of the International Triathlon Union.
Carl Thomas Bio
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon - the fastest growing sport in the world - as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 3,100 races and connects with more than 130,000 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, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games.
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