Chelsea Sodaro Wins Ironman 18 Months After Giving Start

Chelsea Sodaro made historical past in some ways on Thursday. The 33-year-old triathlete won the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI. In doing so, Sodaro, who resides in California, grew to become the primary American winner in 20 years and first rookie winner in over a decade. What’s extra, she additionally welcomed a daughter, Skylar, simply 18 months earlier than the race, which requires contributors to swim, bike, and run practically 141 miles cumulatively.

Sodaro ended the race with a time of eight hours, 33 minutes, and 46 seconds (8:33:46). The silver medal went to Lucy Charles-Barclay of the UK, who got here in at 8:41:37. Charles-Barclay led by a small margin in each the swim and biking parts of the race, however Sodaro pulled forward together with her run. German triathlete Anne Huang, in the meantime, took house the bronze medal with a time of 8:42:22.

“I believe that is the fruits of issues being proper in my life and having perspective,” Sodaro stated in a post-race press convention, per NBC Sports. “That is frickin’ unbelievable, however the best present on the end line is my little 18-month-old.”

KAILUA KONA, HAWAII - OCTOBER 06: Chelsea Sodaro celebrates with her daughter Skylar after winning the Ironman World Championships on October 06, 2022 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

After crossing the end line, Sodaro might be seen holding her daughter in touching photographs. She additionally shared a photograph to Instagram Tales carrying her celebratory headpiece in mattress with Skylar. “What desires are made from,” Sodaro wrote. The day earlier than the massive race, Sodaro thanked her mother and father and husband for his or her help as she received able to compete. She wrote on Instagram, “Coaching for Kona has been a complete crew effort.”

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