The top American amateur at the 2011 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, Sarah Piampiano turned pro in 2012. She tasted almost immediate success with a victory at the 2012 Ironman 70.3 New Orleans.
Her athletic career started early, with training at the Stratton Mountain School, a ski academy in Vermont. For three years she raced around the globe against the world’s best. At age 8, she decided to become a runner and was determined to qualify for the National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship – and secured the last qualifying spot. The rest of her childhood was spent hiking, skiing and generally adventuring through the Maine mountains.
After graduating from college in 2002, Sarah’s focus turned towards developing a career in finance, working at Thomas Weisel Partners and Morgan Stanley in San Francisco, and eventually HSBC Securities in New York City. After betting friend she could beat him in a triathlon in 2009 (she did – with no training), she began a career that has seen a consistent build of top ten and top five finishes. In 2013 she placed 2nd in IM 70.3 Pucon, and fourth at Ironman Arizona, Ironman Austria, and 70.3 Austin. In 2014 she had second place finishes at both Ironman 70.3 Pucon and 70.3 New Orleans, and third at 70.3 Texas.
Sarah supports i-tri, a community-based intervention program that teaches at-risk adolescent girls self-respect, personal empowerment, positive body image and healthy lifestyles through the sport of Triathlon.