|Born||7 February 1982|
|Alma mater||University of Zurich|
|Sport||Triathlon, long-distance running|
|Coached by||Brett Sutton (2006- )|
|Updated on 9 August 2018.|
Nicola Spirig Hug (born 7 February 1982) is a Swiss professional triathlete. She is the 2012 Olympic and six times European champion in women's triathlon.
She is a member of the Swiss National Team and a five times Olympian. She was Olympic champion in 2012 and runner up in 2016. She was World Championship runner up in 2010, Junior World Champion in 2001, Junior European Champion in 1999, and Elite European Champion in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018. She was the second oldest competitor in the field when she won the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow.
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. 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. More recently she finished second in the 10,000 metres at the Swiss National Athletics Championships in 2021. In 2015, she and heptathlete Linda Züblin competed at the St. Moritz track in a round of the Bobsleigh World Cup, racing at the invitation of Swiss pilot Beat Hefti alongside him and brakeman Alex Baumann in the four man event, with the quartet placing 27th.
Nicola Spirig lives in Bachenbülach and holds a degree in law (lic.iur.). Both her elder sister and her elder brother were high-performance athletes before they started their academic careers. Their parents are teachers of physical education. Spirig is married to former Swiss triathlete Reto Hug. They have a son, born 2013 and a daughter, born 2017. When 2012 Olympic champion Nicola Spirig had her first child, she was not sure whether she would ever return to triathlon. But just 12 weeks after her third child was born in April 2019, the 37-year-old was back competing in the World Triathlon Series Grand Final held in Lausanne, Switzerland between 30 August 2019 to 1 September 2019.
|2004-08-25||Summer Olympics||Athens, Greece||19|
|2008-08-18||Summer Olympics||Beijing, China||6|
|2012-08-04||Summer Olympics||London, United Kingdom|
|2016-08-20||Summer Olympics||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|2021-07-26||Summer Olympics||Tokyo, Japan||6|
|2012-06-23||World Triathlon||Kitzbuehel, Austria|
|2012-05-26||World Triathlon||Madrid, Spain|
|2012-04-14||Dextro Energy World Championships Series||Sydney, Australia||5|
|2011-08-21||Team World Championships||Lausanne, Switzerland|
|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|
|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|
|2010-06-05||Dextro Energy World Championship Series||Madrid, Spain|
|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|
|2009-07-11||Dextro Energy World Championship Series||Kitzbuhel, Austria|
|2007-08-30||BG World Championships||Hamburg, Germany||19|
|2005-09-10||World Championships (U23)||Gamagori, Japan|
|2003-12-06||World Championships||Queenstown, New Zealand||33|
|2002-11-09||World Championships (U23)||Cancun, Mexico|
|2012-03-25||World Cup||Mooloolaba, Australia|
|2010-10-10||World Cup||Huatulco, Mexico|
|2008-09-27||BG World Cup||Lorient, France||8|
|2008-07-20||BG World Cup||Kitzbuhel, Austria|
|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|
|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|
|2003-09-21||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|
|2002-09-21||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|
|2018-08-09||European Championships||Glasgow, Scotland|
|2014-06-20||European Championships||kitzbuehel, Austria|
|2012-04-20||European Championships||Eilat, Israel|
|2010-07-03||European Championships||Athlone, Ireland|
|2009-07-02||European Championships||Holten, Netherlands|
|2008-05-10||European Championships||Lisbon, Portugal||4|
|2007-06-29||European Championships||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|2006-06-23||European Championships||Autun, France||13|
|2005-08-20||European Championships||Lausanne, Switzerland||12|
|2005-07-17||European Championships (U23)||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|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|
|2015-06-13||1st European Games||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|2007-08-19||European Cup||Geneva, Switzerland|
|2002-06-08||European Cup||Belgrade, Serbia|
|2001-07-22||World Championships||Edmonton, Canada|
|2001-06-23||European Championships||Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic|
|2000-07-08||European Championships||Stein, Netherlands||5|
|2000-04-30||World Championships||Perth, Australia|
|1999-07-03||European Championships||Funchal, Madeira|
|1998-08-30||World Championships||Lausanne, Switzerland||5|
|1998-07-04||European Championships||Velden, Austria||18|
- 2000 Best Swiss Junior Sportswoman award
- 2001 Swiss Newcomer of the Year
- 2012 Swiss Sports Personality of the Year
- 2015 European Triathlon Union Female Athlete of the Year
- "SPIRIG Nicola". olympics.com. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
- "Start List: Elite Women • 2018 Glasgow ETU Triathlon European Championships".
- "Nicola Spirig". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 29 October 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- "Spirig can set the tone on a marathon day in Europe". European Athletics Association. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- Henderson, Jason (16 August 2014). "Euro marathon gold for Christelle Daunay". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- "Mixed Relay Results" (PDF). 2020 Summer Olympics. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 August 2021. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
- Jörg Greb: Der «schnelle» Sohn der Triathlon-Olympiasiegerin. In: Tages-Anzeiger vom 24. März 2013
- Nicola Spirig bringt ein Mädchen zur Welt (11. Juli 2017)
- "World Triathlon Series: Nicola Spirig on racing 12 weeks after having third child". 29 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
- "Results for: Spirig, Nicola (SUI)". International Triathlon Union. Archived from the original on 18 August 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
- 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.