Jordan Rapp: Triathlete of the Year!

Jordan Rapp, Ron Smith Triathlete of the Year

Congratulations to Jordan Rapp who was just named one of Ron Smith Triathletes of the Year by Triathlon Business International.  “The award, named after Ron Smith, one of triathlon’s earliest pioneers, recognizes a male and female triathlete who best demonstrate a combination of strong moral character, athletic performance and professionalism in the sport of triathlon. The award acknowledges triathletes who are not only strong competitors, but also are a role model to all; and who help promote the sport and pave the way for future triathletes.” – TBI

2012 was quite a year for Jordan both professionally and personally. Wins included: Ironman Texas, Ironman US Championships, and Leadman Epic 250 Bend.  Equally impressive, Jordan has raised $160,000 for World Bicycle Relief, providing 1,200 bicycles to people in sub-Saharan Africa.

Inside Triathlon recently posted this article: American Ironman champion Jordan Rapp by the numbers. (Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Inside Triathlon magazine)

“In 2010, just a few months after Jordan “Rappstar” Rapp’s second Ironman victory (2009 Ironman Arizona), Rapp was hit by a car while on a training ride in Oxnard, Calif. He was left for dead on the side of the road with several fractures and two jugular veins severed. He made one of the most impressive comebacks the sport has ever seen, getting back to the start line of Ironman Arizona that same year and finishing fourth. He has since seen growing success in long course: winning Ironman Canada and the ITU Long Distance World Championship in 2011, and Ironman Texas and Ironman U.S. Championship in New York City in 2012.”

32: Age

6’3”: Height

7: Pro seasons

243: Number of days between the crash and his first Ironman back

293 watts: Highest average power for 112 miles (at 2012 Ironman Texas)

20K time trial: Hardest bike workout

3:03 a.m.: The time he woke up for Ironman New York

FIVE: Number of Ironman wins

2:55:32 (or 6:42 min/mile): Fastest marathon before the crash (2009 Ironman Canada)

2:46:55 (or 6:22 min/mile): Fastest marathon after the crash (2012 Ironman Texas)

5,220 yards: Distance he swam in one hour to win the 30-34 age group at the USMS Long Distance National Championships (aka “The Postal Swim”)

Congratulations Jordan, Ron Smith Triathlete of the Year!

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