Caroline 'Xena' Steffen

International Triathlon Union Long Course World Champion, Ironman Asia-Pacific Champion and Ironman European Champion

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  • Caroline interviewed by First Off the Bike after her 2nd place finish at IM70.3 Auckland.
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Xena, Warrior Princess

Hi, I’m Caroline Steffen. I’ve been a pro triathlete since 2010. I was born in 1978 in Thun Switzerland. My secret race weapon is my bike. The song that gets me through my hardest training sessions right now is King of the Mountain from Midnight Oil. When I’m not training, you’ll most likely find me in our garage fixing bike parts or doing some gardening in our backyard. My first memory of being on a bike is calling fried because I couldn’t get into my click-in pedals. I had to ask him how to do it.

Caroline Steffen is a two-time ITU Long Course World Champion, two-time IRONMAN Champion, two time IRONMAN European Champion, two-time IRONMAN World Championship Hawaii runner-up, Challenge Roth Champion, and IRONMAN Australia Champion.

She’s tall and always ready to “go to war” on a triathlon course, which is why Caroline Steffen’s fellow ex-teamTBB members gave her the moniker “Xena the Warrior Princess.” But despite her imposing stature – she’s 5’10″– the professional triathlete is one of the friendliest on the circuit, and always spends plenty of time with her fans posing for photos, answering questions and signing autographs. Xena grew up in a small village in Switzerland, surrounded by mountains and a lake, and she’s been tackling land and water ever since as a champion in her field.

Before hitting the triathlon circuit, she spent two years as a member of the Swiss national cycling team, and ten years as a member of the Swiss junior swimming team. Xena was a member of teamTBB from 2010-13, coached by Brett Sutton. In 2014 she went in a new direction. Managed by BPM Sports and coached by two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack, Xena is going her own way. What’s her expert advice for the average cyclist? The very Xena-like response, “If you’re hurting, attack!”

#1 goal for 2015

Get the best out of every single day as an athlete

2014 Results: 

7th Challenge Bahrain

2nd IRONMAN 70.3 Mandurah

3rd Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival; Elite 2:00:29

5th  IRONMAN Hawaii World Championships

1st  IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast

1st  IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines

3rd  Challenge Roth GER

1st 5150 Philippines

1st  IRONMAN Melbourne Asia Pacific Championships

2nd Challenge Melbourne

2015 Calendar:

27 June: Motola ITU LD Triathlon World Championships

05 July: IRONMAN European Championships Frankfurt

02 August: IRONMAN 70.3 Cebu

07 August: Triple Crown - Challenge Oman

30 August: IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships

13 September: IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast

10 October: IRONMAN World Championships Hawaii

01 November: 5150 Noosa Triathlon

08 November: 70.3 Mandura AUS PRO Champs

11 December: Triple Crown - Challenge Bahrain