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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Triple Crown Abounds

The open water swimming community knows its Triple Crown comprises of the English Channel, Catalina Channel and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

But in the world of sport, there are other Triple Crowns:

Pool swimming's Triple Crown refers to victories at 3 consecutive Olympics in a single race (Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 800m freestyle relay and 400m medley relay, Dawn Fraser in the 100m freestyle and Krisztina Egerszegi in the 200m backstroke).

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is a 3-event surfing competition in Hawaii. For men, it includes the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park, the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach and the Billabong Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline. For women, it include the Vans Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park, the Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach and the Billabong Pro Maui at Honolua Bay, Maui.

In Major League Baseball, the batting Triple Crown refers to a batter who leads either the National or American leagues in batting average, home runs and runs batted in (RBI) over a full regular season. The Triple Crown epitomizes three separate attributes of a good hitter: hitting for average, hitting for power, and producing runs. The pitching Triple Crown refers to a pitcher who leads the league in wins, strikeouts and earned run average (ERA).

The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, originated in 1853 in England, comprises three races for 3-year-old racehorses. In England, the Triple Crown is made up of the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, Epsom Derby and St. Leger Stakes. In Ireland, the Triple Crown includes the Irish 2,000 Guineas, Irish Derby and Irish St. Leger. In the United States, the Triple Crown are the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. The Australian Triple Crown comprises of the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and AJC Australian Derby. In Germany, the Triple Crown consists of Mehl-Mülhens-Rennen, Deutsches Derby and Deutsches St. Leger. The Indian Triple Crown races are the Indian 2000 Guineas, Indian Derby and Indian St Leger. The Turkish, Triple Crown are the Erkek Tay Deneme or Dişi Tay Deneme, Gazi Derby and Ankara Stakes. In Canada, the Triple Crown include the Queen's Plate, Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders' Stakes. Japan has two sets of Triple Crowns: the Satsuki Sho, Tokyo Yushun and Kikuka Sho, and the Oka Sho, Yushun Himba and Shuka Sho. The Triple Crown in Hong Kong include the Hong Kong Stewards' Cup, Hong Kong Gold Cup and Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup. The Italian Triple Crown consists of the Premio Parioli, Derby Italiano and Gran Premio di Milano. The Argentina Triple Crown include the Gran Premio Polla de Potrillos and Gran Premio Polla de Potrancas, Gran Premio Jockey Club and Gran Premio Nacional. The Triple Crown in Chile include the Clásico El Ensayo, Clásico St. Leger and El Derby. In Poland, the Triple Crown (Potrójna korona) consists of Rulera, Służewiec Derby and St. Leger. The Uruguay Triple Crown includes the Gran Premio Polla de Potrillos, Gran Premio Jockey Club and Gran Premio Nacional. The Venezuela Triple Crown includes the Clásico José Antonio Páez, Clásico Cría Nacional and Clásico República de Venezuela.

Then there is also the Triple Crown of Poker (European Poker Tour, the World Poker Tour and a World Series of Poker), the Triple Crown (World Series of Poker), the Triple Crown of Alpine Skiing (World Cup titles in one season or three Winter Olympic gold medals in the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Downhill), the Triple Crown of Basketball refers to a European basketball club winning their country's national domestic league, primary national domestic cup and the Euroleague in the same season), the Triple Crown of Boxing refers to a boxer who has won world titles in three weight classes, the Triple Crown of Bridge (Bermuda Bowl, World Team Olympiad and World Open Pairs Championship), the Triple Crown of Cycling (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Road World Cycling Championship or alternatively Vuelta a España), the Triple Crown of Brazilian Football (Tríplice coroa do futebol brasileiro or the Brazilian Football State Championship, Copa do Brasil and Série A), the Triple Crown of Golf (British Open, U.S. Open and the South African Open), the Triple Crown of Nordic Skiiing (Winter Olympics, FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and Holmenkollen), the Triple Crown of rugby union refers to England, Scotland, Ireland or Wales that wins all its games against the other three, the Triple Crown of Snooker (World Championship, Masters and UK Championship), the Triple Crown of Tennis refers to winning the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon or US Open), the Triple Crown of Hiking (Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail), the Triple Crown of United States Conformation Dog Shows (Westminster Dog Show, National Dog Show and AKC/Eukanuba National Championship), the Triple Crown of Professional Paintball (Millennium Series, Paintball Sports Promotions and the National Professional Paintball League), the Triple Crown of Motorsport (Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Monaco Grand Prix), the Triple Crown of Endurance Racing (24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans), and the Triple Crown of Acting (Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award in acting categories).

As of August 2013, the member of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming include:

1. Alison Streeter (UK)
2. Taranath Narayan Shenoy (India)
3. Rick Barthels (USA)
4. Bob West (USA)
5. Peter Urrea (USA)
6. Carol Sing (USA)
7. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) (twice, in 1999 and 2009)
8. Nick Olmos-Lau (Mexico)
9. T. Scott Coleman (USA)
10. Rebecca Jackman (USA)
11. Kevin Murphy (UK)
12. Kathleen Wilson (USA)
13. Forrest Nelson (USA)
14. Andrew Hewitt (USA)
15. David Blanke (USA)
16. Elizabeth Fry (USA)
17. Marcia Cleveland (USA)
18. Bill Hoehn (USA)
19. Sally Anne Minty-Gravett (Jersey Island, UK)
20. James Pittar (Australia)
21. Scott Richards (USA)
22. Andrew Alan Voisard (USA)
23. Tina Neill (USA)
24. Rendy Lynn Opdycke (USA)
25. Michelle Davidson (USA)
26. Michelle Macy (USA)
27. Tom Hecker (USA)
28. Erica Moffett (USA)
29. Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA)
30. Michael Miller (USA)
31. Nick Adams (UK)
32. Elaine Kornbau Howley (USA)
33. Stephen Autry (USA)
34. Jeffrey Cleveland (USA)
35. Sakura Hingley (UK)
36. Samantha Simon (USA)
37. Jim Barber (USA)
38. Craig Lenning (USA)
39. Mallory Mead (USA)
40. Dave Barra (USA)
41. Penny Palfrey (Australia)
42. Dan Richards (USA)
43. Tobey Saracino (USA)
44. Yesenia Cabrera (Guatemala)
45. Michael Renford (Australia)
46. Mo Siegel (USA)
47. Anthony Zamora (USA)
48. Brad McVetta (USA)
49. Jaime Caballero (Spain)
50. William Lee (Bahamas)
51. James Fitzpatrick (USA)
52. Darren Miller (USA)
53. Miquel Suñer Comalat (Spain)
54. Eddie Irwin (Ireland)
55. Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain)
56. Katie Benoit (USA/Germany)
57. Hendrik Meerman (USA)
58. Sarah Thomas (USA)
59. Dan Boyle (USA)
60. Barbara Held (USA)
61. Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico shown above)
62. Dave Smith (USA)
63. Cindy Walsh (USA)
64. Jaimie Monahan (USA)
65. Ned Denison (Ireland)
66. Gabor Molnar (Hungary)
67. Roger Finch (South Africa)
68. Lance Ogren (USA)
69. Katy Dooley (USA)
70. Thomas W. Kofler (Italy)
71. Kent Nicholas (USA)
72. Barbara Pellick (Australia)
73. Nial Funchion (USA)
74. Karen Throsby (UK)
75. James Penrose (UK)
76. Jim Neitz (USA)
77. Steven Green (USA)
78. Ron Collins (USA)
79. Courtney Moates Paulk (USA)
80. Javier Gutierrez (Mexico)
81. Samuel Neri (Mexico)
82. Ceinwen Roberts (Australia)
83. Graeme Lowe (Jersey)

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