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This four-time Ironman and Ironman 70.3 champion is quickly making up for her late start in triathlon.


A competitive swimmer in her youth, Julia discovered distance running while studying pharmacology at the University of Freiburg. She bought a road bike, and with the encouragement of her triathlete running mates she entered, and won, the 2008 Zabergäu Triathlon. She was so fast, in fact, that the race announcer had to be notified by spectators that the first woman was approaching the finish line!


That first race, at the relatively advanced age of 25, would turn out to be the start of a highly successful career. After eight more amateur wins, Julia turned pro in 2011, and within a year had claimed victory at Ironman 70.3 Austria St. Pölten and Challenge Kraichgau, along with a third at the European Ironman 70.3 Championships and eighth at Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Nevada. A year later, she won her first full-distance race at Ironman Arizona, which helped her qualify for the 2014 Ironman World Championship.


Julia turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of Kona 2014, finishing sixth just two years after attending as a spectator. This momentum continued into 2015, when she won Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg, one of several podium finishes. Her finest year ended in disappointment, however, when foot cramps led to a DNF at Kona.

How did Julia respond to this setback? Simply by going out and winning the 2016 Ironman North American Championship Texas on her Cervélo P5. At this point, as she said, “The goal is clear: I want to go back to Hawaii. After two missed chances, all good things come in threes!”


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Julia Gajer