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CARLSBAD, Calif. – Triathlete Susanne Davis was named the winner of the 2015 Ironman Canada nine months after competing – due to evidence that proved the original winner had cheated.

After competing in nine Ironman competitions, Davis was crowned the Canadian champion for the women's 40 – 44 division.

Ironman Champ Susanne Davis and U.S. Paralympics team hopeful Amy Dixon train in San Diego.

Ironman Champ Susanne Davis and U.S. Paralympics team hopeful Amy Dixon train in San Diego.

In July 2015, Davis competed in the Ironman in Whistler, Canada and thought she was the winner when she crossed the finish line. But, Julie Miller, a Canadian woman, "mysteriously" finished ahead of her – leaving Davis to settle for second place. Miller's win qualified her for this year's world championship in Hawaii.

In late April, photographs and a timing record revealed Miller had cheated and was disqualified. Davis discovered she had become the official champion.

"It's unfortunate that she would go to that extreme. I don't understand the motive," Davis said. "I don't think there are a lot of people in this sport that are like her."

Now, the Carlsbad mother of two has traded in her solo training to spend 2016 as a guide for blind Paralympic team hopeful Amy Dixon, a triathlete from Connecticut. Dixon is currently competing in hopes of making the U.S. Paralympic team in early July.

Support Dixon's journey, and help others battling degenerative eye disease,  by visiting her website.

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