Barbara Warren

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Barbara Warren
Born April 9, 1943
St. Johann in Tirol, Austria
Died August 26, 2008
Santa Barbara, California
Nationality  Austria
Other names Barbara Angely, Barbara Mueller, Barbara Müller, Barbara Muné, Barbara Alvarez
Occupation Counselor, model, actress and triathlete
Known for Ultra-distance athlete
Spouse(s) Tom Warren (previous husband, Armando Alvarez)
Children 2 daughters

Barbara Warren (April 9, 1943 – August 26, 2008) was an Austrian-American counselor, model, actress, author, and triathlete.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Born Barbara Müller in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria to Hans and Ingrid Mueller, she and her identical twin sister, Angelika Drake, left their farmhouse at 14 for high school in Innsbruck and then, at age 17, went on to study art history at the Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze in Florence, Italy. They took occasional modeling work before moving to Mexico City in 1965, where they began modeling full-time, eventually opening a school, agency and design boutique. Warren began performing under the stage name Barbara Angely,[3] abruptly ending that career out of dissatisfaction with a jet-set lifestyle. Warren eventually married importer Armando Alvarez, which led to a four-year separation from her sister.

Her family moved to Brownsville, Texas, in 1980. In 1983, Warren began running recreationally. By 1985, Angelika and her family had moved to San Diego, California. Warren, with her family, followed her sister, relocating to San Diego later that year.

Calling themselves "The Twin Team,"[4] the sisters began participating in a number of endurance sports, including their first standard triathlon in 1987 and their first Ironman Triathlon in 1988. All told, Warren completed 13 Ford Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii, winning her age group in the 2003 Ironman Kona.[5] Warren and her sister were profiled in Reckless: The Outrageous Lives of Nine Kick-Ass Women.[6]

In the early 1990s, she met triathlete Tom Warren, who won the second Ironman competition in 1979, and the two married in 1995.

In addition to her at-home counseling practice in Pacific Beach, a suburb of San Diego, Warren self-published three motivational books, Unleash the Power to Complete Your Goals, Become Exceptional, and Do What You Don't Want to Do.[7]


On Saturday, August 23, 2008, Warren broke her odontoid process and the cervical vertebra 2 and was diagnosed as paralyzed from a bicycle crash that happened on a descent during the Santa Barbara, California, triathlon. She was put on life support at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.[8] According to what her family told the San Diego Union-Tribune, she communicated through blinking that she wanted her ventilator turned off, and, at the request of the family, a doctor removed her ventilator on August 26.[9]

The Santa Barbara Triathlon's Barbara Warren Community Spirit Award is named in her honor.[10]


  1. ^ Weber, Bruce (August 29, 2008 ). Barbara Warren, Winner of Endurance Competitions, Dies at 65. New York Times
  2. ^ Associated Press (December 27, 2008). Sports deaths in 2008.
  4. ^ The TwinTeam business license
  5. ^ Barbara Warren: 2003 Women's 60-64 Age Group Champion Archived September 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.,
  6. ^ Mattioni, Gloria (2005). Reckless: The Outrageous Lives of Nine Kick-Ass Women. Seal Press, ISBN 978-1-58005-148-4
  7. ^ Carlson, Timothy (August 30, 2008). Endurance sports legend Barbara Warren dies after Santa Barbara bike accident.
  8. ^ Staff report (September 2, 2008). Obituary. Washington Post
  9. ^ Norcross, Don (August 28, 2008). Endurance sports lose one of legendary twins. San Diego Union-Tribune
  10. ^ Zant, John (August 26, 2009). Sports Update: Cafarelli, Hill Receive Triathlon Award. Santa Barbara Independent

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