Road // Triathlete
Growing up in Queensland, Australia, Mirinda Carfrae’s passion for sport initially led her to sprint up and down the basketball court. But at only 5’3” the fleet-footed Carfrae seemed destined for something different. A high school triathlon coach recognized her running potential and, following his suggestion, she learned to cycle and swim. Shortly thereafter – at the age of 19 and a relative rookie in multisport – she scored a spot on the 2001 Australian Junior Elite Triathlon Team.
Carfrae, widely known as “Rinny”, represented Australia at the ITU Triathlon World Championships from 2001-2005, twice earning silver medals (2002 & 2003) before turning her attention to long distance racing. A victory at the Nice Long Course Triathlon (2004) and a silver medal at the ITU Long Course World Championship (2005) were early indicators that endurance was her forte; a third place podium finish (2006) and ultimately a world title at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship (2007) confirmed Rinny as one of the top talents on the non-draft racing circuit.
Rinny’s 2007 World Championship victory was pivotal, not only as a precursor to her now 20 (and counting) half iron-distance wins, but also as a means to punch her first entry ticket to the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. In October 2009, Rinny raced to second place in her Kona debut. She returned the next year, driven to win the Ironman World Championship title. In the years that followed, Rinny never strayed from the podium steps in Kona, earning second (2011) and third (2012) before regaining her crown in 2013. In doing so she struck fear in the hearts of male and female competitors alike, posting the third fastest marathon overall (2:50:38), a new run record en route to posting the women’s Kona course record in 8:52:14. She repeated her wining ways in 2014, leaving no doubt of her legacy as one of the sport’s all-time finest and fiercest competitors.
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