Mirinda started sports at an early age, playing basketball and lots of other school sports. In 2000, at the age of 19, she competed in her first triathlon. Even though she did not have a background in swimming,running, or biking, she made the Australian Junior Elite Team in 2001.
Mirinda went on to represent Australia at the ITU Triathlon World Championships from 2001 to 2005 earning silver medals in 2002 and 2003. Now Mirinda focuses on the longer distance. She won the Nice Long Course triathlon in 2004 and won silver at the ITU Long Course World Championships in Denmark in 2005.
In 2006, Mirinda claimed the St Croix and Baja titles early in the year, then won bronze at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. In 2007, Mirinda came second in 4 half Ironman distance triathlons before winning the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in world record time. 2008 saw five Ironman 70.3 wins and 2009 another 4 Ironman 70.3 wins and a second place and run course record in her first attempt at the full Ironman distance in Kona. With 15 Ironman 70.3 wins to date, Mirinda has clearly claimed the 70.3 distance as her own and leaves no doubt that she's a force to be reckoned with in Ironman racing.
Sofie was a volleybal player from the age of 6 untill she was 21 years old.
After her studies she explored the world and stopped doing sports for a few years. Untill she went to Ironman Frankfurt in 2005 to support a friend of her.
That was the moment she decided she wanted to become a triathlete to experience this intens feeling to cross a finish line of an Ironman as well.
The first years she was only racing in Belgium. She competed every race for the podium so the decision was made to race more international races.
in 2009 there was the first Ironman victory in Florida (as a full time sports teacher).
After this, the owner from Uplace, Bart Verhaeghe, offered her a contract as a professional triathlete.
Sofie raced in the Uplace team during 6 years. She won 3 other full distance races, 9 half triathlons and went to the world Championship in Hawai 5 years in a row.
In 2017 the contract with the team ended and Sofie became an individual triathlete with her own sponsors.
2018 will be her last year as a professional. After this season you can find her and her husband in Antwerp in their own bike shop including a big Castelli Corner!
Frederik Van Lierde
Frederik was born in Menen, a Flemish speaking Belgian city at the border with France. He started as a swimmer and is competing in triathlon since he was 17 years old.His breakthrough year on short distance triathlon was 2002 with a victory in the Belgian championships and Vice-European title in the U23 category.
Fredo, as the French people call him, decided to go to long course triathlon in 2007 and debuted with a European title on the ITU European championships long distance in his home country! The tone was set, long distance was his cup of tea and in 2008 – his debut on Ironman – the 2nd place in New Zealand showed that he had big potential on Ironman distance.
Freddy, as the English speaking people call him, had another breakthrough year in 2011, but now on long course. He didn’t win just one but three races: the 70.3 in South Africa, the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon and Ironman France!In 2012 things only got better with a personal best of 8h01' and a marathon of 2h42' and he finished 3rd in Ironman Melbourne. In Nice, he won for the second year in a row. And last but not least, Frederik won the bronze medal at the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, in October. 2013 was his most successful year so far.
Frederik put all his focus on winning the Ironman in Kona. He trained hard and participated in selected races only as Abu Dhabi and Nice. Out of six races, Frederik won four times and became one of the top favorites for Kona. Becoming World Champion 2013 was a dream come true.Frederik was able to score all these top results also thanks to a change in his footwear. As of January 2013 on, Freddy wears the On Cloudracer in all his races.
Andreas Raelert represented Germany at the Olympics twice. In Sydney 2000 he reached 12th place, four years later in Athens Andreas was sixth.
In autumn 2008, Andreas Raelert moved from the olympic distance over to the long distance.
Making his debut race on the long distance he won Ironman Arizona with a new course record.
In 2009 Andreas succeeded his major international breakthrough.
He crossed the finish line at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii as the best German in third place.
His winning streak continued in the 2010: Andreas won the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt.
The european champion crowned the season with being runner-up at the Ironman World Championships in Kona in October 2010.
Since July 2011 – when he won Challenge Roth – Andreas holds the world record on the long distance with 7:41:33 hours.
In this race he also improved the world record for the bike leg of a long distance.
For 180 kilometers he needed 4:11:43 hours.
Three months later he again made it to the podium at the Ironman World Championships in Kona.
In 2011 and 2012 Andreas won the ETU European Championships on the middle distance at Challenge Kraichgau.
Michael Raelert won the national championships on the olympic distance at the Alpen-Triathlon in Schliersee in 2005.
Three years later he repeated his victory in Schliersee.
In 2009 Michael moved over to the half Ironman distance. In November 2009 he reached his first international title on this distance winning the World Championships in Clearwater (Florida) with a new race record.
In 2010 Michael remained unbeaten over the Ironman 70.3 distance.
In August 2010 he crowned this series of victories at the Ironman 70.3 European Championships in Wiesbaden: He set a new course record on his way to the title.
Three months later, the european champion defended his title in Clearwater with an impressive race and claimed the title as the Ironman 70.3 World Champion again.
It was a victory, which marked his name in the history book of triathlon.
He made his Ironman debut 2012 at Ironman Regensburg.
In 2012 he celebrated the title at the Ironman 70.3 European Championships in Wiesbaden again – with a new race record.
Marino was born on the 19th of July 1976 in Ostend. After finishing highschool he had to make a choice. To make further studies or focusing on his sport? Marino chose for the both. He graduated as a dietician and meantime he practised duatlon. Just in the last year of his studies he learned to swim! Not long after his first launch in the water he switched from duatlon to triathlon. He catched the taste immediately; in 1997 he first entered a 1/4 triathlon. In the beginning of his triathloncareer Marino worked as a fitnessinstructor, in combination with his sport off course. That is how he met his girlfriend Elke, she was his boss! And wonder by wonder, Elke also was bitten by the triathlonmicrobe. She even survived a full Ironman. Marino couldn't stay behind, in 2001 he entered for the first time at an Ironman. He joined Ironman Florida and even became 5th! Not bad for a first Ironman experience...Best results: 1st Ironman Florida 2005 1st Ironman Austria Klagenfurt 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 1st Ironman Souty Africa 2009 5th Ironman Hawaï 2007 6th Ironman Hawaï 2006
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