With a big summer of triathlons ahead of Chicago, USA Triathlon will take some time to honor some of the best in their history. On June 26 they will induct five new members to the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.
The 2014 class will be the sixth class inducted. With the new group, the total will reach 27 athletes in the hall. The group will be honored in a banquet held before the ITU World Triathlon Chicago race weekend. The keynote speaker of the day will be Javier Gomez from Spain, the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist.
This year’s class is made up of some of the sports pioneers as well as a pair of the best to compete. John and Judy Collins created the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii in 1978 and were the race directors the first two years. They were also some of the first finishers of both the Ironman and triathlon in the U.S. The Collins’ were inducted in the Ironman Hall of Fame in 1998. Joining them will be Tom Warren, another triathlete original who has been competing since the early 70s. Warren was one of the first athletes to be featured in the sport.
Mike Pigg returns to Chicago after making his name here over the last 20 years. Pigg is a three time winner of the Chicago Triathlon at a time when it was one of the biggest draws in the country. He was also the first men’s ITU World Cup winner in 1991 as well as a three time national champion and two time USOC Male Triathlete of the Year.
Known as the Iron Nun, Madonna Buder won 11 U.S. national titles in the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals. The world renowned triathlete was named 1999 USA Triathlon Grand Masters Triathlete of the Year.
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