Triathlete Laurel Wassner's desire to come from behind and keep pace in any race seems instinctive when you learn that she was born five minutes after her twin sister Rebeccah, herself a former triathlete champion. Cervélo is incredibly proud to support Wassner, who is nothing short of amazing; having been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at age 23, she survived to become the first professional triathlete who has overcome cancer. "I am extremely lucky that I not only survived, but now compete as a professional athlete after having Hodgkin’s disease. So many others are not as fortunate," Wassner has said of her battle with cancer.
Wassner's athletic spirit was evidenced at age four, when she began swimming in meets in Maryland and attempting to race alongside cars as she ran home from kindergarten. Throughout junior high, she ran undefeated in cross-country, with not even Rebeccah – the 2009 USA Triathlon Athlete of the Year – able to beat her. In high school, Wassner turned her attention to swimming and went on to swim distance and freestyle for George Washington University.
The incredibly resilient Wassner started competing in triathlons in 2006, and won her first triathlon that very same year. During her first year as a professional, she was named 2008 USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year. Wassner’s first professional win came in 2010 at the Columbia Triathlon, and she has subsequently won five more events. Also in 2010, she had the joy of coming in second after Rebeccah in the New York Triathlon. "It was a dream come true for us," she said of the experience. "We’re very close, and we’re very competitive." The Wassner twins were then profiled by O, The Oprah Magazine as part of its "10 Women on the Rise." She told the magazine her mantra was "fight," and that, "the only way to get through life is to keep looking forward."
Wassner is a member of Nike's Team LIVESTRONG, and also works with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults to raise awareness for the 70,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer each year. Now living in New York, she has just completed her first Ironman riding atop a Cervélo P3 bike.