Jan Frodeno has dominated the triathlon scene for years. With three victories at Ironman Hawaii and his gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, the Cologne native is one of the stars of his sport. He holds the world record for the Ironman distance and is the only person so far to complete the 3.8-kilometer swim, 180.2-kilometer bike ride and 42.2-kilometer run in under seven and a half hours. In Germany, Frodeno has triggered a triathlon boom and, among other things, was voted Sportsman of the Year.
In October 2019, Jan Frodeno won Ironman Hawaii for the third time. What no one knew at the time was that the chance to defend the title again would be years away. Ironman Hawaii 2020 fell victim to the Corona pandemic. And in 2021, too, the event was postponed at short notice just two months before it was to be held.
On October 6 and 8, 2022, the time has finally come again. The triathlon elite will meet again on the Big Island for the Ironman World Championship. However, without Jan Frodeno, because he cancelled his participation on August 13, after a bike crash led to an inflammation in his hip.
And not only that: Frodeno announces his career end . 2023 is the time, after the world championships in Hawaii he draws the line.
"I don't want to be the next old boy who can't find the jump," the triathlon legend explained.
Jan Frodeno has written triathlon history: He is the first person ever to win both the Olympic Games (2008 in Beijing) and the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Frodeno has even won the Ironman Hawaii a total of three times. He is also the first person ever to complete the long distance in less than 7:30:00 hours. At the age of 39, he set the triathlon world record of 7:27:53 hours in 2021. Frodeno also holds the course record at Ironman Hawaii.
Jan Frodeno and Dan Lorang have been a successful team since 2012. Since then, the Luxembourger has been Frodeno's coach - and the graduate sports scientist has also coached German triathlete Anne Haug to the top of the world. In an interview with ISPO.com, Lorang explains the secret of his protégés' success and gives tips for perfect triathlon training.
|Birthday:||August 18, 1981|
|Places of residence:||Noosa (Australia), Girona (Spain), Saarbrücken (Germany)|
|Followers on Instagram:||About 500,000|
|Wife:||Triathlete Emma Snowsill|
|Wins at Olympics and Ironman World Championships:||1x Olympics, 3x Ironman World Championship|