Female International Triathlete of the Year
Could there be any doubt? After struggling with back issues for much of 2017, Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf was late starting her season in 2018, but once she did get rolling, there was simply no stopping her. She got things rolling with a win at Ironman 70.3 Rapperswil, smoked a stellar field at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt, winning the race by 26 minutes, and then smoked three-time Kona champ Mirinda Carfrae by over 20 minutes, setting a new half-distance world best thanks to her 3:57:56 finish.
And that was just the tune up for the world championship season. In September she took her fourth 70.3 title despite a pesky zipper on her trisuit that had her do the bike ride with what looked like a parachute trailing behind.
The coup de resistance, though, was her incredible performance at the Ironman World Championship, where she shattered her own course record with her 8:26:16 clocking.
So, no, there’s no arguing this one. It’s Daniela all the way.
ABOVE Daniela Ryf on her way to a fourth consecutive win at the Ironman World Championship