Taking the ITU Long Distance World Title in her home country has led to some big nominations for Denmark's Helle Frederiksen.
November 16, 2018 | PERSONALITY|
It's been quite a year for Denmark's Helle Frederiksen. The highlight took place on home turf when she took the ITU Long Distance World Championship. In addition to that big finish, she also took second at the Ironman 70.3 European Championship in Elsinore (also in Denmark) and won Ironman 70.3 Vichy.
After a big finish at Ironman Arizona last year, her full-distance debut where Frederiksen went 8:53, Frederiksen had her sights set on competing in Kona this year, too. A foot injury hampered her preparation for the big day in Kona, where she finished 16th.
"I'm proud of the season I have had," Frederiksen wrote in a press release earlier this week. "Being crowned ITU World Champion, claiming another second place at the IRONMAN 70.3 European Championships, winning IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy, are results I am very proud of. Kona was a missed objective, but that is the beauty of sport. A missed objective is an opportunity to become better and learn. I'm now ready to put all of my Kona learning into becoming better for 2019."
Frederiksen's "focus" for 2019 includes defending her ITU world title and both the Ironman 70.3 and Ironman World Championship races.
As a result of her big season, Frederiksen has been nominated for a couple of prestigious sports awards in Denmark. The first is the Åretssportsnavn, which translates to "sports name of the year." Frederiksen will be one of 15 nominees for the award, which is run by the Danish Sports Federation and Jyllands Posten. In 2014 triathlete Camilla Pedersen won the award.
Frederiksen has also been "shortlisted for the BT Guild Award ... an award chosen by sports personalities of Denmark."
Danish film maker Kasper Sveistrup has produced a short film that highlights Frederiksen's journey to the Ironman World Championship this year. Much of this footage will be used in a longer documentary produced by Niels Christian Jung that will air on Danish television later this month.