Natascha Badmann is a professional triathlete from Switzerland. She is a 6-time winner of the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005 . In 1998 she became the first European woman to win the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.
In 1995 she started as a professional triathlete, since then she has been doing sports and felt healthier than ever in her life. She eats consciously, like to train, travel to many beautiful places and celebrate successes. She practices triathlon as a philosophy of life and to continue to be loyal to endurance sports in coming years.
At the age of 17 Natascha Badmann became a mother, worked as a secretary and was overweight. The Swiss, born in 1966, experienced the turning point in her life in 1989: she met Toni Hasler, the former national triathlon trainer, her future trainer and partner. He discovered her talent for endurance sports and consistently promoted her development to become a top athlete. The once overweight girl became one of the most successful triathletes of all time. Until a serious accident during the Ironman in Hawaii changed everything
Now the six-time winner of the Ironman Hawaii and two-time Swiss Sportswoman of the Year presents her fascinating autobiography, in which she looks back on her breathtaking career. It’s about discipline, hard training and extreme mental strength – because despite the serious accident, Natascha Badmann competed again at the Ironman in Hawaii in 2014 at the age of 48 to demonstrate her unique talent.
The professional triathlete offers insights into the life of a unique athlete who never let setbacks and strokes of fate throw her off course and are a role model for everyone who suspects that an irrepressible will is the key to victory.
Six times at Ironman Hawaii she turned her deficit on the fastest swimmers on the bike course into a lead that was big enough to run home the victory over the marathon course. At an age when almost all other top triathletes are enjoying retirement, Natascha fought her way back from a serious injury – her shoulders were so thoroughly shattered that the doctors gave her no chance of further competitive sport. But because she always liked to show her teeth, she bit through this time too and returned to Kona. She competed in professional races in Hawaii eighteen times, the last time she reached the goal when she was almost fifty. She is author of the book “9 hours to fame: The Queen of the Triathlon”.
Natascha Badmann Achievements over the years
1990 1st place, Duathlon short distance Zofingen
1991 1st place, triathlon Olympic distance Sursee
1993 2nd place, Duathlon World Championship short distance Königslutter
1994 2nd place, Europe Prestige Series Triathlon Hobart
1995 1st place, Europe Prestige Series Triathlon Kitzbühel
1996 1st place, Powerman Duathlon World Series Zofingen
1997 1st place, Long Distance Duathlon World Championships Zofingen
1998 Sportswoman of the year, Switzerland
1998 1st place, Ironman Hawaii Kona
2000 1st place, Ironman Hawaii Kona
2001 International triathlete of the year
2002 1st place, Ironman Hawaii Kona
2003 1st place, Ironman Hawaii Kona
2004 1st place, Eagleman Cambridge
2004 1st place, Ironman Hawaii Kona
2005 1st place, Ironman South Africa Port Elizabeth
2005 1st place, Ironman Hawaii Kona
2006 1st place, Ironman Hawaii Kona
2011 2nd place: Ironman Lanzarote Spain
Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship Phuket, Thailand
2012 Ironman South Africa Port Elizabeth
2012 6th place: Ironman World Championship
City Triathlon Heidelberg, Germany
2013 Ironman Melbourne Australia
2014 2nd place: Ironman Zurich
2019 2nd place: Ironman 70.3 Oman
2020 2nd place: Ironman 70.3 Oman
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Natascha Badmann, an exceptionally talented professional triathlete, six times Ironman World Champion, four times Duathlon World Champion here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, and her success story.
You were born in Basel Switzerland. At the age of seventeen, you became a mother, worked as a secretary, and were overweight. At the age of 23, you met Toni Hasler, the former national triathlon trainer, your future trainer, and your partner. He discovered your talent for endurance sports and consistently promoted your development to become a top athlete. The once overweight girl became one of the most successful triathletes of all time. You started as an athlete with the 1994 Duathlon Worldwide Championships Australia and stood at 2nd place. This later propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world Ironman Triathlon and won 6-times the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005. Tell us more about your journey of exceptionally hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
In my youth, I was not a top athlete and my sports teacher or the other kids at school never thought that one day I’ll win a race. So with this, I want to motivate all people who were not record-holders in their youth 😉. My sports journey with Toni started with learning discipline. I really was a beginner and needed to learn the basics. I like to go out and train 3 times a week. In the beginning, this was not easy. As I ex I had excused the whole week and ended up with 3 pieces of training at the weekend. Toni was very wise and looking forward to doing a 5-year plan. In this period I became stronger every year and was building my body as well as my mind. The success was not only built upon the training side. I think we both were pioneers in many ways. Also in the mental training for sport.
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