|ITU star Vanessa Fernandes has been tearing up the competition in the past few years and ripping through the triathlon record books at the same time. It appears the rest of the world is starting to take notice too, receiving recognition from Sports Illustrated and being featured on Nike.com.|
Fernandes appeared in Sports Illustrated’s year-end double issue that featured Woman Athletes of the Year. Only 24 of the world’s top women in sports were featured and Fernandes was alongside global superstars such as Justine Henin (tennis) and Lorena Ochoa (golf). The 12-page feature appeared in the December 31, 2007-January 7, 2008 issue.