Looking back at the top 10 athletes from the last decade: #5

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 14, 2017 | PERSONALITY

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

Mirinda Carfrae has one of the strongest records in the world of triathlon. The three-time Ironman world champion has been a force on the Big Island for years and her record reflects the dedication required to get to the nose bleed levels she has attained. Her attempts at Kona have resulted in 8 podiums. People will often forget her 70.3 world title win in Clearwater in 2007 and a second place finish at the ITU Long Distance World Championship in 2005. That’s a ton of racing at the elite level.

Our Take:

We have seen every Ironman world title that Carfrae has won in Kona and each time they have been like a different painting. Carfrae is an athletic artist who paints with bold and brave colours. She is deficient aquatically, which means when she hits T1 she knows she is going to be behind some of the best bike riders in the world. This has to play mentally with her, but she is such a courageous athlete that she overcomes these issues and becomes super woman. We can’t possibly talk about Carfrae without mentioning the 2014 Kona race where she ran down a 14-minute deficit to take the win with a run leg that is the best Kona has ever seen out side of the famed “Ironwar” in 1989. At 35 it’s not sure how long Carfrae will go on for, but each year she arrives at the biggest races as a talking point and invariably she delivers.