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Paula Newby-Fraser Joins Utah Summer Games’ Hall Of Honor

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Eight-time Ironman World Champion joins the Utah Summer Games Hall of Honor.

Since 1986, the Utah Summer Games has paid tribute to athletes, volunteers and individuals who have exhibited extraordinary service directly and indirectly to the Olympic-style sporting festival. This year, five people will join the likes the Hall of Honor, including eight-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion Paula Newby-Fraser.

“I think it’s a very dynamic group. They certainly come from different areas in their athletic ability and genres, but each and every year as we try to find people who can represent the athletes of Utah, and our organization, and overall provide an image of who has done it the right way and inspired athletes to be better people, I think we’ve done it with this group,” said Casey McClellan, USG executive director.

McClellan gushed over Newby-Fraser’s induction. He personally believes the female triathlete’s abilities rival Steve Young, though Young is more famous as an NFL football player. He said while Newby-Fraser is one the most recognized female athletes in the world, she is one of the most humble people he’s ever met.

“USAToday named Paula as the No. 5 top professional women athletes of the past 25 years so to have her inducted in our hall is certainly a big deal for us,” McClellan said.

Read more: The Spectrum