Caroline Steffen: Professional Swiss triathlete with an Aussie accent. Born in Spiez (Switzerland) and moved to Australia in 2009 to follow her dreams and become a World Champion.
Early years, Caroline enjoyed success as a swimmer competing on the Swiss national teams and winning multiple national titles. In 2002, Steffen underwent shoulder surgery and retired from competitive swimming afterwards.
In 2006, just for fun, she entered and placed second in her age group at Ironman Switzerland, posting a sub-10h time. She went on to start at the 2006 Ironman World Championships in Hawai’i where she posted another sub-10h time and place third in her age group as an amateur.
Caroline moved on to concentrate on bicycle racing as she was not enjoying the swim training and felt that her running was a competitive weakness. After it was determined that she was too big to be a climber and not fast enough to be a sprinter, her role on the team was to set the sprinters up for the finish of races. As a professional cyclist she was showing improvement but the sport was not providing her with satisfaction. In May 2008, Caroline decided to leave the team and try her luck as a pro triathlete.
Soon after, Caroline was competing in Ironman competitions again. She moved to Australia and eventually quit her job to focus on triathlon. With in no time, Caroline gained the attention of coach one of the sports most recognised coaches in Brett Sutton who eventually invited her to join the professional triathlon team ,TBB, earning the nickname "Xena the Warrior Princess" or simply "Xena." A few months later Caroline won her first major race, the Ironman 70.3 in Geelong in February 2010. She highlighted 2010 with a win at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships and a second place at the Ironman World Championships in Hawai’i. In the following years, Xena was one of the most dominating female athlete in the sport, adding another 7 major long course titles and 23 Ironman 70.3 victories to her resume.
Now as a new mother to baby boy Xander, Caroline starts a new chapter in her career which needs even more support as she balances life as a mother and an elite athlete. She is very excited and proud to have RYD in her corner and as she embark on this next stage of her journey.
Caroline Steffen, World Champion Professional Triathlete
2 x ITU Long Course World Champion 2010/2012
2 x IRONMAN World Champion Runner-Up 2010/2012
2 x IRONMAN European Champion 2011/2012
2 x IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Champion 2012/2014
23 x IRONMAN 70.3 Champion 2010-16
IRONMAN 70.3 Asia Pacific Champion 2016
Challenge Roth Champion 2013
Noosa Triathlon Champion 2010
What things should we know about you? ...Not too much I think otherwise you probably stop reading my bio right here.
What are things are most important to you? My son Xander, Family, Monty... woof woof, Honest and loyal friends. Swiss chocolate, my morning coffee, sunshine and temp above 20 deg.
Who are you? Just a girl who is following her dreams.
What do you do? I do what feels right to me not what is easy
Currently training for. . . ? Comeback after baby break in 2017
Why do you RYD (aka do what you do what is your motivation and inspiration)? Because its my life and I only got this one to life
Hometown: Spiez (Switzerland)
Current City: Port Macquarie (Australia)
Favorite Race: IM Melbourne - point to point marathon run course - the best!!
Hobbies: Not much time left for hobbies atm with a new born
Favorite Athlete: Roger Federer and Fabian Cancellara of course - Hopp Schwyz
Favorite Food: As a quarter italian it has to be spaghetti
Favorite Destination: Noosa AUS, feels like holidays to me
What are you passionate about and why? Pretty much what everything I do I am passionate about
Career highlights: My first win as a professional, felt very special to me and triggered my passion for more
Favorite Film: “Perfume” the story of a murderer (2006)