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The Inside Triathlon Body Shoot: Purpose Built

  • By Inside Triathlon
  • Published Dec 2, 2013
  • Updated Feb 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM UTC
Photo by Scott Draper.


Six top pros unveil the bodies that propelled them to Olympic medals and world championships.

Photographs by Scott Draper.

This article was originally published in the Sep./Oct. 2013 issue of Inside Triathlon magazine.

The rules for winning a triathlon are pretty straightforward, but athletes use their bodies to swim, bike and run to victory in a variety of ways. We asked some of the best on the planet—world champions and Olympic medalists—to reveal the bodies they’ve relied on for their performances, and the differences are staggering. As Sebastian Kienle puts it, “It’s not how it looks from the outside, but how it works from the inside.” And these six bodies simply work.

Leanda Cave

2012 Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Champion

“I don’t have this vision in my head of me being a machine when I’m racing. … When I’m racing, I feel like I’m dancing. I see myself as floating across the floor and being as effortless as I can be, and as efficient as I can be.”

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