Chrissie Wellington, is an English triathlete who is the current Ironman World Champion and world record holder for ironman-distance triathlon races. Most recently she won her third Ironman World Championships on Kona in setting the new women’s world record time, which was held for over 15 years. She is noted for having won the World Championship less than a year after turning professional. She is also the first British athlete to hold the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.

Q & A

  1. When did you turn pro?


  2. What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?

    Becoming triple World Ironman Champion

  3. If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?

    My smile (and huge calves!)

  4. When did you first doing Triathlon? Where/why?

    2004. Eton Super Sprint in the UK.

  5. Were you always a runner? How did you bring your swimming and biking up to par?

    No - I started off as a swimmer (albeit a bad one!)

  6. How many pairs of (athletic) shoes and Oakley shades do you have?

    I have one pair of Brooks training shoes and one pair of Brooks T7 racing flats! I am fortunate enough to own quite a few pairs of Oakleys

  7. If you had to pick a “meal of champions” – one suited best for top performance – what would that be?


  8. If you weren’t killing it in Triathlon, what would you be doing for a living?

    Bog Snorkeling

  9. Another sport you like playing or riding…

    Bog Snorkeling

  10. Your Favorite…music artist?


  11. Your Favorite…workout?

    Marathon Sleeping Sessions

  12. Oakleys are…

    the pinnacle

  13. Best song to train to:

    Circle of Life (Lion King soundtrack)

  14. C-Walking, Head Banging or fist pumping? Which one?:

    pumping fists is the way forward

  15. The “Sprinkler”? Or the “Funky Chicken?”

    Chicken funk every time

  16. Dream vacation spot:

    New Zealand in the summer, closely followed by the village in which I grew up. There is no place like home.

  17. Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?

    I’d take it from Norris any day

  18. People would be super surprised if they knew that you…

    had four toes all the same length

  19. What part of your repertoire have you improved lately?


  20. You’ve been mistaken for…

    a man

  21. Food…

    there is not one I don’t like

  22. McDreamy or McSteamy?

    Steam machine

  23. Last words…

    never ever give up

Chrissie Wellington


“Be the change you want to see in the world.” (Ghandi) “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision…they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” (Mohammed Ali) “The greatest mistake a man can make is being afraid to make one.”

Date of Birth:
February 18, 1977
Feltwell, Norfolk in the UK. Known for tractors, turnips and not a lot else.
TYR, Cannondale, Cytosport, Brooks, Louis Garneau, FuelBelt, Compressport, T3 Recovery, HED, XLAB, Greepers Laces FitKitPro Continental
Traveling, talking, theatre music, mountain biking, hiking and eating

Career Highlights

    • 2008: 1st Ironman Australia
    • 2008: 1st ITU Long Distance World Championship
    • 2008: 1st Timberman Ironman 70.3
    • 2008: 1st Ironman European Championship
    • 2008: 1st Alpe d'Huez Long Course triathlon
    • 2008: 1st Ironman World Championships
    • 2009: 1st Ironman Australia Triathlon
    • 2009: 1st Ironman 70.3 Kansas
    • 2009: 1st Quelle Challenge - Roth, Germany
    • 2009: 1st Ironman World Championships
    • 2006: 1 x IM Korea champion 2 x Alp D’Huez Long Course Champion and world age group champion
    • Kona course record holder