Courtney's 'three-peat' in Coolum washing machine
COURTNEY Hancock triumphed in the 2013-14 Nutri-Grain Ironwoman series despite disaster almost bringing her undone twice in today's final at Coolum.
It's her third series win, equalling the record set by Karla Gilbert.
With the ocean like a washing machine, Courtney lost her ski in race one, leaving her third last and on the verge of early elimination.
But her champion qualities came to the fore and an incredible swim leg kept chances alive and put her into race two.
Again, she was flipped off the ski but managed to regain composure and fill third place.
It meant Courtney only just scraped through to the final in 10th position and needed to finish no lower than third to claim her triple crown.
And that's the way it panned out with the former Sawtell surf lifesaver in the bronze medal position behind teenager Maddy Dunn.
"Words can not describe how this feels," Courtney said.
"I feel I raced really well this year and I'm still improving."
Next target is winning the Australian Ironwoman titles at the nationals in Perth in April.
A possible tilt at the Olympics is also on the cards, as a long distance open water swimmer.