About Athlete of the Year

Each year, elite and age-group multisport athletes are honored for their performances over the past season. USA Triathlon's Age-Group Athletes of the Year are presented by Garmin, while Elite Athletes of the Year are selected by the USA Triathlon Athlete Advisory Council.

2017 Age-Group Triathletes of the Year Presented By 

Men’s Triathlete of the Year: Nick Noone (Boulder, Colo.)
Honorable Mentions:
Evan Culbert (Johnston, Iowa), Kevin Denny (Lees Summit, Mo.), James Burke (Middleton, Wis.), Lee Walther (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Greg Taylor (Yankton, S.D.)

Women’s Triathlete of the Year:
Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.)
Honorable Mentions:
Ali Brauer (Boulder, Colo.), Madeleine Pesch (Madison, Wis.), Maeghan Easler (Des Moines, Iowa), Missy LeStrange (Visalia, Calif.), Adrienne Leblanc (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Men’s Masters Triathlete of the Year:
Lee Walther (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Honorable Mentions:
Daniel Stubleski (Washington, Mich.), Ritch Viola (Tiburon, Calif.), Robert Skaggs (Solana Beach, Calif.), David Burger (Old Forge, N.Y.), Kyle Welch (Sunnyvale, Calif.)

Women’s Masters Triathlete of the Year:
Adrienne Leblanc (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Honorable Mentions:
Peggy Yetman (Spring, Texas), Beni Gras-Thompson (Roanoke, Va.), Steph Popelar (Elizabeth, Colo.), Colleen De Reuck (Boulder, Colo.), Lisbeth Kenyon (Barrington, R.I.)

Men’s Grand Masters Triathlete of the Year:
Greg Taylor (Yankton, S.D.)
Honorable Mentions:
Ron Gierut (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Peter Turek (Hampton, N.J.), Simon Butterworth (Lafayette, Colo.), Jon Adamson (Alpharetta, Ga.), Ron Ottaway (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

Women’s Grand Masters Triathlete of the Year:
Missy LeStrange (Visalia, Calif.)
Honorable Mentions:
Ellen Hart (Denver, Colo.), Kelly Dippold (Olathe, Kan.), Sharon Johnson (Andover, Mass.), Sibyl Jacobson (New York, N.Y.), Lois Leon (Miami, Fla.)

Men’s Off-Road Triathlete of the Year:
Nelson Hegg (Boulder, Colo.)
Honorable Mentions:
Johnny Davis (Boulder, Colo.)

Women’s Off-Road Triathlete of the Year:
Deanna McCurdy (Littleton, Colo.)
Honorable Mentions:
Martha Buttner (Boulder, Colo.)

Men’s Junior Triathlete of the Year:
Andy Krueger (Portland, Ore.)
Honorable Mentions:
Konor Sacks (El Cajon, Calif.)

Women’s Junior Triathlete of the Year:
Katelyn Elliott (Houston, Texas)
Honorable Mentions:
Claire Wolff (McLean, Va.)

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2017 Age-Group Duathletes of the Year Presented By 

Men’s Age-Group Duathlete of the Year: Albert Harrison (Moscow, Idaho)
Honorable Mentions: Jesse Dunn (Logan, Utah), Adam Goulet (Portland, Ore.), Keith Jackson (Loveland, Colo.)

Women’s Age-Group Duathlete of the Year: 
Danielle Dingman (Branson, Mo.)
Honorable Mentions:Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), Lauryn Falcone (Morgantown, W.V.), Sarah Barber (Boise, Idaho)

Men’s Masters Duathlete of the Year: David Engstrom (Beaverton, Ore.)
Honorable Mentions: Joel Kinnunen (Melbourne, Fla.), Michael Rushton (Baker City, Ore.), Tom Woods (Lincoln, Neb.)

Women’s Masters Duathlete of the Year: 
Juliet Hochman (Portland, Ore.)
Honorable Mentions: Erica Ruge (Longmont, Colo.), Melisa Christian (Dallas, Texas), Aimee Phillippi-Taylor (Glenville, Pa.)

Men’s Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year: David Burkhart (Brighton, Mich.)
Honorable Mentions: Tom Resh (Redlands, Calif.), Dave Campbell (Auburn, Calif.), Keith Woodward (Stowe, Vt.)

Women’s Grand Masters Duathlete of the Year: Patty Peoples-Resh (Redlands, Calif.)
Honorable Mentions: Ellen Hart (Denver, Colo.), Valerie Eipper (Longmont, Colo.), Jocelyn Shilling (Saylorsburg, Pa.)

Men’s Junior Duathlete of the Year:
Jared Eytcheson (Cary, N.C.)
Honorable Mentions:Timothy Wells (Burbank, Calif.)

Women’s Junior Duathlete of the Year: Kaytlynn Welsh (Alvin, Texas)
Honorable Mentions: Lauren Garriques (Lake Forest, Ill.)

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2017 Elite Athletes of the Year Presented By 

Men’s Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year: Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
Women’s Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year:
Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Men’s Elite Non-Drafting Triathlete of the Year:
Ben Kanute (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Women’s Elite Non-Drafting Triathlete of the Year:
Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.)

Men’s Elite Paratriathlete of the Year:
Chris Hammer (Elkins, W.V.)
Women’s Elite Paratriathlete of the Year:
Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio)

Men’s Paratriathlon Development Athlete of the Year:
Howie Sanborn (Denver, Colo.)
Women’s Paratriathlon Development Athlete of the Year:
Ahalya Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill.)

Men’s Rookie of the Year:
Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.)
Women’s Rookie of the Year:
Alissa Doehla (Tryon, N.C.)

Men’s U23 Triathlete of the Year:
Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.)
Women’s U23 Triathlete of the Year:
Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.)

Men’s Off-Road Triathlete of the Year:
Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.)
Women’s Off-Road Triathlete of the Year:
Suzie Snyder (Averill Park, N.Y.),

Note: Due to a lack of compelling results, no votes were cast by Athlete Advisory Committee (AAC) members in the men’s and women’s Elite Duathlon category. As a result, there will not be a recipient of either award in 2017.

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2017 Junior Elite Athletes of the Year Presented By 

Men’s Junior Elite Athlete of the Year: Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.)
Women’s Junior Elite Athlete of the Year:
Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.)

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2017 USA Triathlon Coaches of the Year

National Coach of the Year: Neal Henderson (Boulder, Colo.)
Paratriathlon Coach of the Year: 
Christine Palmquist (Geneva, Ill.)

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