COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.
— Five individuals who have impacted the sport of triathlon will be
inducted into USA Triathlon's Hall of Fame on Feb. 13, 2010. A banquet
in their honor will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at The Broadmoor in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
The 2009 inductees
are the second class to be inducted into the USAT Hall of Fame since
its creation in 2008. The inductees include some of the most notable
figures in multisport history: Jim Curl (contributor), Barb Lindquist
(post-1999 elite athlete), Paula Newby-Fraser (pre-2000 elite athlete),
Valerie Silk (contributor), and Carl Thomas (contributor).
we begin a new decade next month, it is fitting to usher out the old
with a celebration around those who contributed the most to get us
where we are today," said Skip Gilbert, CEO of USA Triathlon. "We are
very proud to honor Barb Lindquist, Paula Newby-Fraser, Valerie Silk,
Jim Curl and Carl Thomas by inducting them into the USA Triathlon's
Hall of Fame. On behalf of everyone who has embraced the multisport
lifestyle, we collectively thank these great individuals for their
accomplishments over the years."
1982, Jim Curl, along with fellow inductee Carl Thomas, began the U.S.
Triathlon Series. The USTS distance evolved and led Curl and Thomas to
create what is now known as the Olympic distance (1.5k swim, 40k bike,
10k run). Through the series, Curl has produced over 150 triathlons
internationally, and his involvement includes the creation of the
Reebok Women's Triathlon Series and events that have become some of the
larger races in the U.S., such as St. Anthony's Triathlon and the
Accenture Chicago Triathlon.
Barb Lindquist, post-1999 elite athlete
Lindquist began her athletic career as a swimmer. She competed for
Stanford University and was a member of the U.S. National Team until
1991. In 1996, she began her professional triathlon career and has
been an integral part of the sport ever since. Lindquist was a member
of the USA Triathlon World Championship team for 10 years, and in 134
career races, she won 33, stood on the podium 86 times and finished in
the top 10 114 times. She was ranked first in the world from February
2003 through 2004, and placed ninth at the 2004 Olympic Games. Though
she retired from racing in 2005, she continues to contribute to the
sport, first as the coach of the Under-23 National Team and now as the
USAT Collegiate Recruitment Program Coordinator.
Paula Newby-Fraser, pre-2000 elite athlete
Newby-Fraser is considered one of the greatest triathletes to ever have
competed. She has won more Ironmans than other legends like Mark Allen,
Erin Baker and Dave Scott. Newby-Fraser won eight Ironman World
Championships between 1986 and 1996 and has 24 total Ironman career
wins. The world record she set for the Ironman distance stood for
nearly 15 years. Newby-Fraser has earned multiple honors in addition
to her championship titles, as she was named "Professional Sportswoman
of the Year" in 1990 by the Women's Sports Foundation, the "Greatest
Triathlete in History" by Triathlete magazine in 1999, and "Female Pro
Athlete of the Decade" by the L.A. Times for the 1980s. She also was
named one of the top five professional female athletes of the past 25
years (1972-1997) by the United States Sports Academy.
Valerie Silk, Contributor
Ironman triathlon would not be where it is today without Valerie Silk.
Silk served as the owner, president, CEO and race director for the
Hawaiian Triathlon Corporation (now the World Triathlon Corporation)
throughout the 1980s. She negotiated multi-year sponsorship agreements
and network coverage through ABC's Wide World of Sports. She also
increased the volunteer base by over 2,500 volunteers and developed
merchandising and licensing divisions for Ironman products and
services. Ironman grew internationally, as Silk developed qualifying
races in other countries, as well as the IronKids Triathlon Series.
Carl Thomas, Contributor
Thomas was the vice president of marketing at Speedo Swimwear in 1982,
he joined Jim Curl to create the U.S. Triathlon Series. The series
quickly spread from the original five cities to 12 nationwide. The
format of the series and the distance was considered ideal for Olympic
competition, and Thomas predicted that by the time triathlon was an
Olympic sport, "hundreds of thousands of athletes will have competed at
the Olympic distance" worldwide. In 1984, he founded CAT Sports, Inc.,
creating network televised special events for a number of sports and
acting as the executive producer of over 25 televised triathlon events
for ESPN, NBC and other national syndications. Thomas also served as
the first treasurer of the International Triathlon Union.