In her second winter triathlon, Heather Best ‘00 finished third at the International Triathlon Union’s American Championships in February and qualified to represent America in March at the World Championships in Italy.
“It’s very surreal to think I’m going to put on a Team USA uniform and go through an opening ceremony as a member of Team USA,” said Best, who began training in October and won in her first race in January. “It’s not at the level of the Winter Olympics, but it’s the top of the winter triathlon season.”
Best, who earned a master’s degree in geophysics from Boise State in 2003 and is a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska, is ranked 10th in the world according to triathlon.org. She says her athletic career, which included four years of volleyball and basketball at Bradley, prepared her for the physical and mental toughness needed for winter triathlons. However, she says nothing on the Hilltop could prepare her for the altitude at which the run-bike-ski event takes place.
According to Best, the sport is being petitioned to become an Olympic event.
Editor's note: Best had an eventful trip to Italy for the World Championships. She finished 15th and sent a report on the experience. Go>
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