Nicola Spirig

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Nicola Spirig
Nicola Spirig Lausanne2011 1.jpg
Nicola Spirig at the Sprint World Championships in Lausanne, 2011.
Medal record
Competitor for   Switzerland
Women's triathlon
Olympic Games
Gold 2012 London Individual
ITU Team Triathlon World Championships
Silver 2011 Lausanne Team

Nicola Spirig (born 7 February 1982) is a Swiss professional triathlete. She is a member of the Swiss National Team and a double Olympian. She is an Olympic champion, and was World Championship runner up in 2010, Junior World Champion in 2001, Junior European Champion in 1999, and Elite European Champion in 2009 and 2010.

Spirig was born in Bülach. On 4 August 2012, Spirig won Gold in the Olympic Women's Triathlon,[1] winning a close race in a photo finish with Sweden's Lisa Nordén.

In the 13 years from 1998 to 2010, Spirig took part in 72 ITU competitions and achieved 39 top ten positions. In 2010, she won the European Championships and the World Championship Series triathlon in Madrid, and the silver medal at the World Championship Series triathlon in London. In the overall World Championship Series ranking she place second.

Spirig has also competed as a long-distance runner, finishing second at the Swiss Cross-Country Championships in 2014 and competing at the 2014 Zurich Marathon.[2] She subsequently competed in the marathon at the 2014 European Athletics Championships in Zurich, where she finished 24th in a time of 2:37.12.[3]

Nicola Spirig lives in Winkel and holds a degree in law (lic.iur.). Both her elder sister Kathrin and her elder brother Thomas were high-performance sports people before they started their academic career, and Nicola Spirig's parents Ursula and Sepp are PE teachers. She is married with former Swiss triathlete Reto Hug. They have a son, born 2013.[4]

ITU competitions[edit]

The following lists are based upon the official ITU rankings and the athlete's Profile Page.[5] Unless indicated otherwise, the following events are triathlons and belong to the Elite category.

Olympics[edit]

Date Competition Place Rank
  2012-08-04   Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom 1st
  2008-08-18   Summer Olympics Beijing, China 6
  2004-08-25   Summer Olympics Athens, Greece 19

World Championships[edit]

Nicola Spirig and Helen Jenkins at the World Championship Series triathlon in Madrid, 2010.
Nicola Spirig at the World Championship Series triathlon in Kitzbuhel, 2010.
Date Competition Place Rank
  2012-06-23   World Triathlon Kitzbuehel, Austria 1st
  2012-05-26   World Triathlon Madrid, Spain 1st
  2012-04-14   Dextro Energy World Championships Series Sydney, Australia 5
  2011-08-21   Team World Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 2nd
  2011-08-20   Dextro Energy World Championship Series: Sprint World Championship Lausanne, Switzerland 16
  2011-08-06   Dextro Energy World Championship Series London, United Kingdom 8
  2011-07-16   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Hamburg, Germany 12
  2010-09-08   Dextro Energy World Championship Series, Grand Final Budapest, Hungary 3rd
  2010-08-21   World Championships (Sprint) Lausanne, Switzerland 6
  2010-08-14   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Kitzbuhel, Austria 18
  2010-07-24   Dextro Energy World Championship Series London, United Kingdom 2nd
  2010-06-05   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Madrid, Spain 1st
  2010-05-08   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Seoul, South Korea 4
  2009-08-22   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Yokohama, Japan 10
  2009-08-15   Dextro Energy World Championship Series London, United Kingdom 1st
  2009-07-11   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Kitzbuhel, Austria 2nd
  2007-08-30   BG World Championships Hamburg, Germany 19
  2005-09-10   World Championships (U23) Gamagori, Japan 3rd
  2004-05-09   World Championships Madeira DNF
  2003-12-06   World Championships Queenstown, New Zealand 33
  2002-11-09   World Championships (U23) Cancun, Mexico 3rd

World Cups[edit]

Gold medalist Spirig with Emmie Charayron and Helen Jenkins at the World Championship Series triathlon in Madrid, 2010.
Date Competition Place Rank
  2012-03-25   World Cup Mooloolaba, Australia 2nd
  2010-10-10   World Cup Huatulco, Mexico 2nd
  2008-09-27   BG World Cup Lorient, France 8
  2008-07-20   BG World Cup Kitzbuhel, Austria 1st
  2008-04-26   BG World Cup Tongyeong, South Korea 8
  2008-04-13   BG World Cup Ishigaki, Japan 6
  2007-12-01   BG World Cup Eilat, Israel 1st
  2007-10-07   BG World Cup Rhodes, Greece 6
  2007-09-15   BG World Cup Beijing, China 7
  2007-07-29   BG World Cup Salford, United Kingdom 10
  2007-07-22   BG World Cup Kitzbuhel, Austria 6
  2007-05-13   BG World Cup Richards Bay, South Africa 5
  2007-05-06   BG World Cup Lisbon, Portugal 8
  2007-04-15   BG World Cup Ishigaki, Japan 6
  2007-03-25   BG World Cup Mooloolaba, Australia 17
  2006-11-12   BG World Cup New Plymouth, New Zealand 12
  2006-11-05   BG World Cup Cancun, Mexico 17
  2006-07-23   BG World Cup Corner Brook, Canada DNS
  2006-06-11   BG World Cup Richards Bay, South Africa 8
  2006-06-04   BG World Cup Madrid, Spain 17
  2005-09-17   OSIM World Cup Beijing, China 32
  2005-08-06   World Cup Hamburg, Germany DNF
  2005-07-31   World Cup Salford, United Kingdom 12
  2005-06-05   World Cup Madrid, Spain 11
  2004-07-25   World Cup Salford, United Kingdom 13
  2004-04-25   World Cup Mazatlan, Mexico 11
  2004-04-11   World Cup Ishigaki, Japan 14
  2003-10-25   World Cup Athens, Greece 24
  2003-10-19   World Cup Madeira 17
  2003-09-21   World Cup Madrid, Spain DNF
  2003-09-06   World Cup Hamburg, Germany 15
  2003-07-20   World Cup Corner Brook, Canada 11
  2003-07-13   World Cup Edmonton, Canada 19
  2003-06-07   World Cup Tongyeong, South Korea 26
  2002-10-13   World Cup Madeira 20
  2002-09-21   World Cup Nice, France 21
  2002-08-31   World Cup Lausanne, Switzerland 15
  2002-07-21   World Cup Corner Brook, Canada 9
  2001-08-25   World Cup Lausanne, Switzerland 9

European Championships[edit]

Date Competition Place Rank
  2012-04-20   European Championships Eilat, Israel 1st
  2010-07-03   European Championships Athlone, Ireland 1st
  2009-07-02   European Championships Holten, Netherlands 1st
  2008-05-10   European Championships Lisbon, Portugal 4
  2007-06-29   European Championships Copenhagen, Denmark 3rd
  2006-06-23   European Championships Autun, France 13
  2005-08-20   European Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 12
  2005-07-17   European Championships (U23) Sofia, Bulgaria 2nd
  2004-04-18   European Championships Valencia, Spain 14
  2003-06-21   European Championships Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic 12
  2002-07-06   European Championships Győr, Hungary 14

European Cups[edit]

Date Competition Place Rank
  2007-08-19   European Cup Geneva, Switzerland 2nd
  2002-06-08   European Cup Belgrade, Serbia 3rd

Junior results[edit]

Date Competition Place Rank
  2001-07-22   World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st
  2001-06-23   European Championships Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic 2nd
  2000-07-08   European Championships Stein[disambiguation needed], Netherlands 5
  2000-04-30   World Championships Perth, Australia 3rd
  1999-07-03   European Championships Funchal, Madeira 1st
  1998-08-30   World Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 5
  1998-07-04   European Championships Velden, Austria 18

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicola Spirig". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Spirig can set the tone on a marathon day in Europe". European Athletics Association. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Henderson, Jason (16 August 2014). "Euro marathon gold for Christelle Daunay". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Jörg Greb: Der «schnelle» Sohn der Triathlon-Olympiasiegerin. In: Tages-Anzeiger vom 24. März 2013
  5. ^ "Results for: Spirig, Nicola (SUI)". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Carlson, Timothy (12 September 2012). "Anatomy of Olympic gold - Part 1". slowtwitch.com. Retrieved 12 March 2013.  Part 2 The story of how Spirig trained for, and won, her 2012 London Olympic title.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sarah Meier
Swiss Sportswoman of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Giulia Steingruber