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A Running List of the Pros Not Starting St. George

We've got the who and why on the pros who won't be toeing the line at the Ironman World Championship.

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Updated: May 6

With the clock ticking towards the start gun at the 2021 Ironman World Championship in St. George, Utah on May 7, the pressure is mounting to get to the line fit, healthy, and ready to race. Between COVID, travel complications, three years off, and the regular pressures of a world championship race, it’s starting to seem like just making it to the start may be the biggest hurdle of all for our pro athletes.

Can’t keep up with all the announcements of who’s dropping out? Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a running Ironman St. George pro did-not-start list—and we’ll keep this updated as more news comes in. And, anyway, we’re all waiting to see if Cam Wurf decides to take a break from pro cycling and jump in.

The Women

  • Laura Philipp: race week COVID
  • Carolin Lehreider: race week COVID
  • Lucy Charles-Barclay: Announced a hip stress fracture in early April
  • Mirinda Carfrae: Off the official Ironman start list; presumably still returning to form post-pregnancy
  • Imogen Simmonds: Surgery on a labrum tear in her hip in February
  • Carrie Lester: Off the official Ironman start list; has said won’t be racing in St. George
  • Sarah Crowley: Staying in Australia
  • Sara Svensk: Out with hip issues
  • Teresa Adam: Starting season after
  • Hannah Wells (now Hannah Berry): Starting season after
  • Michelle Vesterby: Pregnant
  • Kim Morrison: Pregnant
  • Sarah Piampiano: Retired

RELATED: Your Ironman St. George Women’s Pro Preview

The Men

RELATED: Your Ironman St. George Men’s Pro Preview

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