On Saturday (Jan. 17), USA Triathlon will induct its inaugural class of five notable pioneers in the sport into its Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. The inductees are Verne Scott, Jon Gray Noll, Judy Flannery, Karen Smyers and Sheila Taormina.
Judy Flannery, Age Group Athlete
Flannery won seven national triathlon titles, two duathlon national titles, four triathlon world gold medals, and five duathlon world gold medals. She persuaded the Danskin Series to become USAT-sanctioned and inspired thousands of women to become involved in the sport. She was killed while biking in 1997.
Verne Scott, Contributor
Out of his bedroom office, Scott helped established the Triathlon Federation (which became USA Triathlon) in the 1980s. His son, Dave (an Ironman legend), may be the most famous athlete in the family, Verne had his share of age group wins.
Sheila Taormina, Post-1999 Elite Athlete
Taormina won an Olympic gold medal in swimming in 1996 and then won a gold medal at the 2004 International Triathlon Union World Championship. Then she took up modern pentathlon and finished 19th at the Beijing Olympics.
Karen Smyers, Pre-2000 Elite Athlete
Over her professional career, Smyers won seven national triathlon titles, one national duathlon title, two world triathlon medals, and one victory at Ironman Kona.
Jon Gray Noll, Contributor
President of Tri-Fed from 1984 to 1989, Noll teamed with Verne Scott to establish the foundation of the national governing body.
You can view interviews with the inductees at www.enduranceplanet.com.