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Ironman: Catching up with Craig Alexander

Ironman: Catching up with Craig Alexander

(Kevin Mackinnon has some ideas on why Craig Alexander might be one of the greatest athletes the sport has ever seen.) What defines greatness? When it comes to sport there are likely a few key criteria: an ability to win (and, possibly even more importantly, an ability to win when it counts), the mental ability […]

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Ironmanlife: Catching up with Faris Al-Sultan

Ironmanlife: Catching up with Faris Al-Sultan

(Kevin Mackinnon catches up with the 2005 Ironman World Champion) It’s hard to believe it will be seven years since Faris Al-Sultan led from start to finish in Kona and took the 2005 Ironman World Championship, wearing a Speedo the whole way. How easy-going was the German champ (as if racing in a Speedo doesn’t […]

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Ironmanlife: Lieto making a difference

Ironmanlife: Lieto making a difference

(Kevin Mackinnon catches up with Chris Lieto) Anyone who has met Chris Lieto knows that he’s a great guy, but I still can’t figure out how me managed to pull this one off. “Hey honey,” I’m guessing the conversation went with his wife, Karis. “I know you’ve never been camping before, but why don’t you […]

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Ironmanlife: Catching up with Caroline Steffen

Ironmanlife: Catching up with Caroline Steffen

(Kevin Mackinnon spends some time with the Swiss speedster) Does this sound like anyone you know? She worked for the government; got into the sport from a swimming background; burst onto the scene with a podium finish in her first Ironman as a pro; quit her job to focus on the sport; started to work […]

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Ironmanlife: Wellington proves she's human

Ironmanlife: Wellington proves she’s human

(Kevin Mackinnon recaps Chrissie Wellington’s fourth Ironman World Championship) It was no secret, heading into the 2011 Ironman World Championship, that Chrissie Wellington was determined to regain the title she’d seemingly owned for the last few years. “After last year, when I didn’t start, I felt a hunger like I’ve never felt before,” she said […]

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Ironman: Mike Reilly is …

Ironman: Mike Reilly is …

(Kevin Mackinnon reports on the Hall of Farm induction) I wish more people could have been there to see it. After a weekend where we saw one of Ironman’s greatest days of racing, everyone who was at the Ironman World Championship got to witness what I think is one of Ironman’s finest moments: Mike Reilly […]

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Ironman: Kona Time! (trivia and more)

Ironman: Kona Time! (trivia and more)

(Kevin Mackinnon has more trivia and an update on our coverage of the Ironman World Championship) We’re now a day away from the official start of our coverage of the Ironman World Championship and we’re looking forward to our best week of coverage yet. It all starts Monday morning, so stay tuned for our great […]

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Ironmanlife: Kona Trivia Part 1

Ironmanlife: Kona Trivia Part 1

Kevin Mackinnon tests your Ironman World Championship trivia skills: With exactly one week to go before we start our race week coverage of the Ironman World Championship, I thought it would be fun to play some trivia. So, here’s my first series of questions for all you Ironman fans out there. Answers are below. Warm […]

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Ironmanlife: Orlowski recalls Ironman origins

Ironmanlife: Orlowski recalls Ironman origins

(Kevin Mackinnon catches up with one of the original Ironman competitors) Dave Orlowski vaguely remembers the debate. It was after a running race. While he was enjoying a beer and checking out the women in the bar, Commander John Collins and one of Orlowski’s co-workers from the Marines, Tom Knowles, were part of a group […]

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Ironmanlife: Babbitt's take on the lottery

Ironmanlife: Babbitt’s take on the lottery

(Kevin Mackinnon catches up with Ironman Hall of Fame member Bob Babbitt) “There is no lottery to go play in the masters,” Bob Babbitt says. “There is no lottery to play in the Super Bowl. But, every year, when the greatest athletes in our sport are towing the line in Kona, Hawaii, all of a […]

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Ironmanlife: Lottery winners tell it like it is

Ironmanlife: Lottery winners tell it like it is

(Kevin Mackinnon gathers some quotes from lottery winners) When asked “Why have you sought Ironman entry?” on the Ironman Lottery questionnaire, Annandale, N.J.’s Gerald Moore pretty much summed it up best: “You need to ask?” Here are more quotes from athletes who made it to Kona last year through the lottery: Coeur d’Alene’s Paul Burke, […]

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Ironmanlife: Gearing up for Kona

Ironmanlife: Gearing up for Kona

(Kevin Mackinnon previews race coverage for the Ironman World Championship) People keep telling me to enjoy my week in Kona, grinning as they picture a week filled with Mai Tais and leisure time on the beach. I don’t have the heart to tell them that I’ll be spending much of my time in a trailer […]

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Ironmanlife: What sports are all about

Ironmanlife: What sports are all about

Kevin Mackinnon has another story from the world of Ironman For the record, the scratchy throat and runny nose started a few hours ago. Lots of body aches, too. My prediction is that I’m going to be deathly ill and bedridden for … well, I’m guessing a couple of weeks. Things will likely come around […]

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Triathlon world championship? Who dat?

Ironmanlife: Super Bowl vs. Ironman

Triathlon world championship? Who dat?

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