Peter Reid has had moments of remarkable fragility. While the hardworking, iron-willed competitor saw himself making up for average talents with an unrelenting work ethic that made him the best bet to win Ironman Hawaii from 1998 to 2005, Reid often found his toughest opponent was his own body.
Normann Stadler was blessed with prodigious physical gifts that led him to become the most formidable cyclist in Ironman Hawaii history. But the ultimate fuel behind his drive for success was the powerful emotions that either propelled him to ecstatic triumph or left the operatic, charismatic man called the Normannator wallowing in misunderstood dramas. No matter. In victory or defeat, Normann Stadler was the man to watch.
Thomas Hellriegel accomplished what no German had done before him: He won Ironman Hawaii in 1997. In the buildup to that victory, his legendary appetite for training likely pushed him to cover more miles than any triathlete before or since. And on that long road he lost two heroic duels that prompted two of the greatest wins in the race’s history before his iron persistence rewarded him for his battles with disappointment, illness, and sacrifice.