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Best of 2019: Top Social Media Posts

By Nick Hehemann, USA Triathlon | Dec. 12, 2019, 6:13 p.m. (ET)

Social media allows us to engage with our multisport community every day, celebrate the accomplishments of our athletes, share important news, tell inspiring stories and frankly — have a little too much fun on Photoshop. Here were some of the social posts that generated the most buzz with our multisport community in 2019.

Molly Hayes Video Feature

 

She’s 87-years-old now and still crushing it in triathlon. And, after we told her story during National Triathlon Week, Molly Hayes is now a social media star. The feature video on Hayes now has over 150,000 views online.

You’ll see why when you watch her story — she is remarkable, hilarious, quotable and isn’t slowing down in the sport any time soon.

April Fool’s Day: Dogs taking over at USA Triathlon National Championships

 

One can dream, right? Hundreds of dogs sprinting toward the finish line would certainly make our national championship races a whole lot of fun, albeit, a bit chaotic.

NCAA Status Coming Soon for Women’s Collegiate Triathlon

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We can’t wait for the day, and we know you feel the same way. Triathlon is taking off at the collegiate level and someday soon will reach full-fledged NCAA status!

Sue Reynolds Inspires during National Triathlon Week

 

The story of Sue Reynolds is one we never get tired of telling. In her triathlon journey, she has lost over 200 pounds, becoming an ambassador for the sport and an inspiration to people all over the country.

Celebrating Wayne Fong at Age Group Nationals

 

Perhaps one of the most beloved members of our sport, 87-year-old Wayne Fong brings so much joy to our national championship events. From Duathlon Nationals, to the Legacy Triathlon and the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships and more, you can always bank on Wayne Fong crossing the finish line with a big smile.

Tim O’Donnell takes second in Kona

In what will surely be an iconic photo for years to come, the image of Tim O’Donnell crossing the finish line in second place with the American flag over his head encapsulates all the incredible emotion of the IRONMAN World Championship. The video following, taken from the ground in Kona, captures the roar of the crowd as the U.S. IRONMAN legend completes the grueling course in under eight hours. It’s a moment we won’t forget anytime soon.

Dick and Rick Hoyt Hall of Fame Announcement

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Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick — who has cerebral palsy — have competed together in over 1200 athletic events around the world, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons. Their amazing story has inspired thousands in the multisport community. Because of their incredible impact on our sport, we are inducting them into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame this January! 👏👏 Thanks to fellow Hall of Fame Member Dave McGillivray, we were able to surprise them with the news this past weekend. Check out the video on our Facebook and Twitter pages! #TeamHoyt #YesYouCan #Hoyt #AnythingIsPossible #Triathlon #TriathlonCommunity #TriathlonFamily #HallOfFame #Inspiration #CerebralPalsy #Surprise #ThrowbackThursday #TBT 📸 Eric Lars Bakke/Ironman

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The impact that Dick and Rick Hoyt have had on the triathlon community can be seen in the incredible public reception to their Hall of Fame announcement. The father-son pairing has shown the world that anything is possible in our sport.

Proposal at Duathlon Nationals

People love love, and the triathlon community is no exception. The photo of Team USA athletes Steve Polley and Jerianne Davis getting engaged at the finish line of the Duathlon National Championships took off on the USA Triathlon Instagram page. The surprise worked perfectly, and the story of these two lovebirds warmed the hearts of triathletes and non-triathletes alike.

Heather Jackson celebrates in Kona

 

U.S. athletes showed out at the IRONMAN World Championship, and Heather Jackson’s top 5 finish was the highlight for the elite American women. People from all over the triathlon world were excited to offer their congratulations from back home.

Kyler Murray “chooses triathlon”

 

It might not have been April Fool’s Day, but that didn’t stop us from having fun with the top sports story in the country at the time. As dual sport athlete Kyler Murray was deciding between a professional career in Major League Baseball or the National Football league, we couldn’t help but think — what if he decided to become the true multisport athlete?

When his successful career in football eventually comes to a close, we hope Murray knows that he’ll always be welcome in the triathlon community.

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