- 4X IRONMAN® Kona World Champion
- IRONMAN® Distance World Record Holder
- Named “The World’s Greatest Female Athlete” by Sports Illustrated
- 2X IRONMAN® Kona World Champion
- 11-year reign of Kona bike record: 2006 – 2017
- At Kona in 2005, following two flats, the Norminator threw his bike into the lava fields!
Chrissie “Smiles” Wellington OBE won the IRONMAN® World Championship in three consecutive years (2007–2009), but could not start the 2010 World Championship race because of illness. She returned in 2011, but was suffering from injuries so severe that her coach said she should “not even be on the start line” – nonetheless, she battled to her fourth title. She is the first British athlete to hold the IRONMAN® Triathlon World Championship, and was undefeated in all thirteen of her races over the IRONMAN® distance. She is the only triathlete, male or female, to have won the World Championship less than a year after turning professional, an achievement described by the British Triathlon Federation as “a remarkable feat, deemed to be a near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first World Championships.”
Her current long course world record of 8 hours 18 minutes 13 seconds set in 2011 was more than 32 minutes faster than the record which stood from 1994 to 2008. Following her 2010 world record, Wellington was described as “a person of true international sporting excellence that is overshadowed by no one in any other sport.” Sports Illustrated described Chrissie as “The World’s Greatest Female Athlete”.
These days, the Queen of Smiles is devoted to her passion for promoting physical activity for all through her instrumental role as Global Head of Health & Wellbeing for the global phenomenon, parkrun. Chrissie’s competitive fire still burns, and no one on the face of the earth will be more focused on victory when it comes to leading Team Europe into battle for The Collins Cup!
Normann “The Norminator” Stadler (born February 25, 1973). Winner of the 2004 and 2006 IRONMAN® Triathlon World Championship, Kona.
Normann ran his first marathon at 11 years old. Later, he became a triathlete and was a member of the German national team in 1988. He won a world duathlon title in 1994. He first competed at the IRONMAN® World Championship in 1999 as an age-group athlete. He took third place in 2000, fourth place in 2001 and 2003, and then he won in 2004.
Following his 2004 IRONMAN® World Championship, Stadler was expected to do well in the 2005. However, he withdrew from the race after suffering three tire punctures and a bleeding bee sting on the thigh and in the process created one of the most iconic moments of all time at Kona, in a fit of rage, “the Norminator” threw his bike into the Kona lava fields… a devastating moment for Stadler’s defense of his title, but an unmissable watch for the rest of us who could sympathise with Stadler’s frustrations!
In 2006, Normann returned to Kona to compete in the IRONMAN® World Championships. Stadler swam fast enough to exit the water only moments behind the race leaders. Once on the bike course, Stadler managed to gain over 10 minutes on the chase pack, setting a bike course record at 4:18:23 (26 mph). Australian Chris McCormack came within 71 seconds of Stadler but was unable to get any closer.
On July 5, 2011, following successful heart surgery, Stadler announced his retirement from professional triathlon racing, but continues to be involved in the sport he truly loves at every opportunity. Has triathlon ever seen more passion? Undoubtedly the Norminator will instill the same in Team Europe!