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.
Paula's journey into triathlon began first as a swimmer when she started as a 10 year-old growing up in Edmonton. She picked up running in high school and tried her first triathlon a few years later. It’s fair to say that throughout these years, Paula has left her mark on the sport in Canada and abroad.
After some early success nationally, Paula exploded on the international scene as a 21 year old when she won 5 ITU World Championship Series races in a row over the span of two seasons in 2010-2011. At that point, she was the first female ever to achieve this feat.
From late June 2011 through to the Olympics in London and most of 2013, a nagging hip injury limited Findlay to just five events. Fast-forward to 2017, Paula decided to test her fitness on the long-course side of the sport. The longer distances and the non-drafting bike legs were two factors that suited her strengths. This became obvious when she won the Beijing International Triathlon and followed it up with a 2nd place finish at Ironman 70.3 Austin to wrap up the season.
In 2018, Paula was crowned North American Ironman 70.3 Champion and continued to develop as a long course athlete. Her 2019 season is off to a great start! Paula place in the Top-5 at all the races she completed and finished 2nd and 3rd at Ironman 70.3 St George and Chattanooga respectively.
2017 & 2018 IRONMAN World Champion
IRONMAN Hawaii course record holder: 7:52:39
2018 IRONMAN World Champion
2017 IRONMAN World Champion
2017 1st place Ironman 70.3 Rügen
2016 3rd place IRONMAN World Championship
2016 1st place Ironman Texas
Patrick has always been enthusiastic about sports. As a child, he remembers his father meeting people to train for a marathon and he always wanted to join him. He regularly trained with the group and his father. He learned to value and love the sport and it became an essential part of his life, relaxing and free of stress.
His enthusiasm for running led him to the track and field club TV Friedrichstein. In addition to specific training sessions for long-distance running, the club also provided opportunities to ride mountain bikes. He was 14 when I won the German MTB U15 Championship. The first real indication that he felt at home on long-distance courses came at the turn of the century when he rode his first 120 km marathon at the age of 16.
After competing in junior competitions, he transferred to the National League club TuS Griesheim in 2006. Patrick reached the top of the German short-distance competition and won five German Championship titles.
In October 2012, he began a special training program for longer distances focusing on his long-term goal: The IRONMAN Hawaii. Along with his studies to become a physiotherapist, he continued training at a professional level. Soon he had to realize that physical performance data is not the only thing that counts in a long distance triathlon race.
He switched coaches, in the winter of 2014 to Manuel Wyss and one year later to 2005 IRONMAN World Champion Faris Al-Sultan. He started building a team of coaches, physiotherapists, consultants and advisors around himself.
In 2016, he put all his eggs into one basket. The continued positive changes and the training with Faris soon showed results. He became more and more professional and finally made the long-awaited step from mid to long-distance competitions.
Long-Distance Debut 2016
At IRONMAN Texas 2016, he won the race in his first competitive long-distance start. It was an unforgettable day and a result that led him to being ranked among the world’s best overnight. He had found his strength: long-distance triathlons and in particular, the marathon.
Winning the North American Championship allowed him to qualify for the most important race of the year. He had achieved his first goal of participating in the World Championship on Hawaii. As he crossed the line in third place in October 2016, having set a new record for the marathon, he could hardly believe what just happened.
He started his preparations for 2017 with the dream of winning this legendary race someday.
A long-term injury at the start of the year interfered badly with his training, but also caused him to grow a lot, particularly mentally. This learning process enabled him to stand at the start line on October with an unbreakable will. He knew how to play the role of the hunter and knew his main strength lay in the running stage of the event. He remained focused on the here-and-now and fought his way through the heat. At times, his thoughts turned to giving up, but he battled against them and stayed strong. So strong that he was able to achieve his dream of winning the most important triathlon in the world and set a new course record while doing so.
In 2018 Patrick was able to reach his best performance in Kona again and defended his title. In the course of his victory he smashed his own course record and became the first athlete finishing Kona sub 8h. The new record stands at 7:52:39.
A triathlon is not just swimming, riding a bike and running. Triathlon is an endurance sport that takes the athletes to their limits every day, both physically and mentally. The main thing is to continue learning, trust in your strengths and above all, to never give up! You have to fight!
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.
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