Almost five years to the day after a traumatic accident that left her in a coma for nearly three weeks, Camilla Pedersen took the win at the Gerardmer Triathlon in France, one of the toughest courses in Europe. Following the Danish triathlete’s traumatic brain injury in 2013, her doctors warned her that she might never ride a bike again, let alone compete at the highest level of the sport. Camilla defied the odds, and has been steadily getting back to full fitness, with her win earlier this month shining as a true testament to her determination and love of racing.
"I was really happy with the win," said Pedersen. "And it's even more fun because it's a big event. I felt really good and comfortable from the start to the finish. It was especially great to see that all of the hard work has paid off after dealing with some residual health problems that recently sent me in and out of the hospital. But now I'm back in business, back on track, and back on top."
In one of the most epic Kona World Championships in the event's storied history, records were shattered and expectations about the limits of human performance were obliterated. Daniela Ryf successfully defended her three consecutive titles by winning number four this past Saturday in the most dramatic fashion imaginable.
Daniela Ryf is the most dominant triathlete of her generation, and is well on her way to being considered the greatest of all time. She's the reigning, three-time Kona World Champion. So how does she find the motivation to keep training, competing, and suffering in a way that only a few elite endurance athletes ever have?
Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae is one of the biggest superstars the sport of triathlon has ever seen. After stepping away from competition in 2017 to welcome the arrival of her first child, daughter Isabelle, Rinny is back in a big way in 2018. After several wins this season, she has made the Kona World Championship her top objective.
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