Nicola spirig

“I am looking forward to this project, even if it will be an unbelievable challenge.”

Birth

07 / 02 / 82

Weight

53 kg/ 117 lbs

Height

166 cm/ 5 ftin

Stats

BIRTHPLACE: Bülach, Switzerland

RESIDENCE: Zurich, Switzerland

EDUCATION: Holds a degree in law

STARTED TRIATHLON: 1992

PROFESSIONAL SINCE: 2001

TRAINS IN: Zurich, Switzerland

COACH: Brett Sutton

ATHLETE CHARITY: Nicola Spirig Foundation

Wins

Gold Medal Olympic Gold Medallist (2012)
Silver Medal Olympic Silver Medallist (2016)
1st Trophy Six-time European Champion (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018)
1st Trophy Seven-time Half Iron distance champion
Ironman Cozumel Ironman Champion
Athletics

2nd Trophy Runner Up at Zurich Marathon, 2014 and 2015
1st Trophy Marathon European Championships in Zurich: 2:37:12
1st Trophy Multiple Swiss Champion in 10,000m, 5,000m and 3,000m

Bio

Nicola Spirig won gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games in one of the closest sprint finishes in triathlon. In 2016 she claimed silver in Rio and now aiming for Tokyo, which would be her fifth Olympic Games.

Nicola’s career has largely focussed on the Standard distance (1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run) but has been littered with half distance races and a win on debut over the full distance triathlon in 2014.

Spirig won her first half distance triathlon in 2007, and from 11 races she has never finished off the podium with 11 wins, 3 seconds and a third.

Married to former Swiss triathlete Reto Hug, the couple have three children born in 2013, 2017 and 2019. Unsure whether she would ever return to triathlon, just 12 weeks after her third child was born in April 2019, the 37-year-old was back competing at the Hamburg World Cup and four plus months on at the World Triathlon Series Grand Final held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Swiss stars career also includes some world class running achievements, most significantly a 2.37 marathon time.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • IRONMAN 70.3 - RAPPERSWIL, SWITZERLAND

    JUNE 2007

    This was Nicola’s first attempt at the half distance, with an impressive performance delivering a win in front of her home crowd.

    Time: 4:15:33
    Position: 1

  • IRONMAN 70.3 - RAPPERSWIL, SWITZERLAND

    JUNE 2012

    As part of her 2012 London Olympic preparation, coach Brett Sutton included two half distance races. She produced her fastest half distance time at this race.

    Time: 4:08:52
    Position: 1

  • IRONMAN 70.3 - ANTWERP, BELGIUM

    JULY 2012

    Just 13 days out from the London Games, Nicola put together another strong all-round performance, and another win.

    Time: 4:10:47
    Position: 1

  • IRONMAN - COZUMEL, MEXICO

    DECEMBER 2014

    In her first attempt at the full distance, Nicola won Ironman Cozumel, one of hottest and toughest Ironman races in the world.

    Time: 9:14:07
    Position: 1

  • IRONMAN 70.3 HAUGESUND, NORWAY

    JULY 2016

    Another Olympic preparation, another half-ironman. In the weeks preceding Rio 2016, Nicola produced a strong swim and bike, but a lightning quick 1:18:32 half marathon run split gave her the win.

    On August 20th, she won the Olympic silver medal.

    Time: 4:09:37
    Position: 1

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