by Cory Howard, Executive Producer Interactive, KHQ.com - email
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - It's a 140.6 mile journey, and in just over eight hours, the first of the elite athletes crossed the finish line in Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2012.
Ukrainian Viktor Zyemstev was this year's overall winner with a finishing time of 8:32:29. American Timothy O' Donnell of Boulder, Colorado finished about eight minutes after Zyemstev at 8:41:36.
On the women's side of the race, a familiar face finished first. Meredith Kessler finished not only her 45th Ironman, but finished it in a time of 9:21:44. Spokane's Haley Cooper-Scott was the second woman to cross the finish line with a time of 10:01:25.