Natascha Badmann

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Natascha Badmann
Natascha Badmann Ironman 70.3 Austria 2012.jpg
Natascha Badmann competing in 2012 at Ironman 70.3 Austria
Personal information
Nickname(s)

Swiss Miss
Natasches ("Too fast")

"The Smile"
Born (1966-12-06) 6 December 1966 (age 47)[1]
Basel, Switzerland
Residence Switzerland
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight 52 kilograms (115 lb)[1]
Sport
Country Switzerland
Turned pro 1995[1]
Coached by Toni Hasler
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 9:07:54 (2002)

Natascha Badmann is a professional triathlete from Switzerland and was the first European woman to win the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. She won the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005.

Natascha works in Switzerland as a social worker, and speaks German, English, French, and Italian. She currently lives in Winznau, Switzerland with her husband Toni and daughter Anastasia.[2] Her daughter Anastasia was born days before she turned 18.Nicknamed the "Swiss Miss", Badmann won her first Ironman World Championship at the age of 29, when her daughter was already 13 years old. Her husband, coach and nutritionist is Toni Hasler.

At the 2007 Hawaii Ironman, Badmann hit a cone on the bike leg and injured her shoulder and collarbone. While she wanted to continue the race, Hasler convinced her to drop out to prevent further injury. At the same race in 2006, stomach problems nearly caused her to drop out again. Early into the run, Badmann stopped and threw up. Struggling to continue, she began to walk. In a dramatic moment with tremendous support from cheering fans, Badmann, crying, began jogging. She finished 10th with a personal-worst marathon time of 3:27:54.[3]

Though she finished second on the course of the 2004 Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Badmann is considered the winner of the race due to the disqualification of the initial winner, Germany's Nina Kraft, after Kraft admitted to using the banned performance enhancer EPO.[4]

Badmann is known for her dominating ability on the bike leg of the triathlon, and her positive attitude (Badmann is often seen smiling and actively responding to spectators throughout much of the triathlon).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (German) Badmann, Natascha (n.d.). "Natascha Badmann - Person - Persönlich". Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Powerman Fact Sheet: Natascha Badmann". Powerman. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Matthew Dale catches up with the six-time women's champ Natascha Badmann". ironmanlive.com. 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  4. ^ "Natascha Badmann: Five-Time Champion Talks About Kona". ironmanlive.com. 2004-11-19. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Swiss Sportswoman of the Year
1998
Succeeded by
Switzerland Anita Weyermann
Preceded by
Switzerland Sonja Nef
Swiss Sportswoman of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Switzerland Simone Niggli-Luder