Looking back at the top 10 athletes from the last decade: #4

As part of firstoffthebike.com’s countdown to its merge with TriathlonWorld.com, they are counting down the top 10 athletes they have seen in the 10 years they have been covering triathlon.

| February 15, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Jan Frodeno celebrates after setting a full-distance world record at Challenge Roth.

Jan Frodeno celebrates after setting a full-distance world record at Challenge Roth.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Jan Frodeno was always elite. His entry into the ITU world was capped by the amazing win in Beijing to become Olympic champion. Frodeno was talked about prior to the games, but as a chance. He took that chance and decided gold was his preferred color and from there has never really looked back. Once Frodeno set his sights on the long course world the collective shudder that ran through the male professionals was well founded. Frodeno, armed with a huge work ethic and sublime talent, has strung together victories around the world from Roth to Kona. A podium year one in Kona was backed up with two straight wins and a 70.3 world title in 2015 along the way. Pros are now plotting how to beat the Big Island and the German who rules it.

Our Take:
The man they call Frodo, in our eyes, is simply the best professional in the triathlon world bar none. No one in triathlon does it better than Frodeno, and we are talking all triathletes everywhere. He is the standard. If the sport of triathlon stepped up the money aspect, more athletes would be like Frodeno, who has reinvested some of his coin in himself via a team to help him achieve his goals. Media friendly, elite performing and with a social media platform that is on point, Frodeno is a sponsor's dream. And there is more to come as, at age 35, we know that careers can go on over 40. For the last decade we have seen the reinvention of an athlete who has came, seen and conquered all there is in triathlon.