2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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Lori Bowden - Triathlon
Nominated by Triathlon Canada
Lori Bowden's unprecedented accomplishment in winning three Ironman races in one year, including the legendary Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championships, awed even her competitors.
Bowden, who calls Victoria home, began the 1999 season in May, capturing Foster Australia in blistering fashion. In fact, her time of 9:08.0 ranked her 16th overall with the elite men. In August she conquered Ironman Canada for the second year in a row. These convincing victories positioned the superbly conditioned Bowden to achieve her goal of winning Hawaii.
Recognized as one of the world's most punishing endurance events, the Hawaii Ironman demands that competitors complete a 2.4-mile ocean swim (Bowden did it in 1:02), a 112-mile bike ride (she covered the course in 5:08.0, keeping pace with the top male competitors), and a 26.2-mile marathon (which took her a mere 2:59.16). Overcoming 32IntC heat, oppressive humidity, and challenging winds on the lava fields, Bowden won the Hawaii Ironman in a staggering 9:13.0, overcoming both the extreme elements and the very tough field. So demanding is Hawaii that most previous winners raced only one other Ironman in the year in order to recover properly, a clear indication of just how great Lori's performance was.
In a quirk of fate, last year's male winner, Peter Reid, Canada's 1998 male athlete of the year and Bowden' husband, took second spot in 1999, matching her 1998 result. It was a feat that simply delayed the inevitable moment when they achieve their ambition to be world champions in the same year. Such are their successes that Bowden and Reid have been dubbed the World's Fittest Couple.