American Male Athlete of the Year
1. Jordan Rapp
2012 saw “Rappstar” establish himself as one of the top long-distance athletes in the world. Rapp earned his fourth (Texas) and fifth (New York) Ironman wins before dominating the field at the inaugural Leadman Tri Bend. Despite a somewhat disappointing performance at his rookie race in Kona (he finished 13th), Rapp’s three big wins put him atop this list.
2. Cameron Dye
Dye did something this year that few athletes do anymore: He focused his entire season on Olympic-distance non-drafting races, and he reaped the benefits. Dye raced his way to six victories and earned the most points in the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series, winning the title of 2012 Toyota Cup champion.
3. Andy Potts
Potts has proven himself to be one of the most versatile athletes in the sport, with the ability to succeed across all distances. Potts posted victories across Olympic-distance, 70.3 and Ironman races in 2012, becoming the winningest male athlete ever at the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco. To top it off, Potts was the fastest American male in Kona with his seventh-place finish.