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Nicola Spirig Crowned Swiss Sportswoman of the Year

spirigfederer.jpgIt's another honor for the 2012 London Olympics Women's Triathlon Gold Medal winner. With an overwhelming majority of the vote, over 53%, Nicola Spirig wins the 2012 Swiss Sportswoman of the Year award. She becomes the third female triathlete to win the prestigious award behind, Natascha Badmann (1998, 2002) and Brigitte McMahon (2000). At the Swiss Sports Awards in 2001, Spirig was chosen as the most promising newcomer. Swiss Tennis legend Roger Federer won Sportsman of the Year.

From a young age Spirig was considered gifted. Her winning ways date back to 1999 when she first tasted victory as a Junior at the Triathlon European Championships.

In 2010 she tried racing while finishing up her Law Degree. She managed a win at the ITU Dextro Energy World Championship Series race in Madrid.

Since then she has racked up countless other wins. In 2012, she won a couple of ITU World Triathlon Series races as well as a two Ironman 70.3 events but her most notable win of the year was on August 4th when she sprinted to the finish along with Lisa Norden for a London Olympics Gold Medal. It was a review of the photo finish that determined the winner.


Spirig posted on her blog:

"Yesterday, I was elected Swiss Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year! Winning this title makes a perfect finish is an absolute dream in 2012! After major sporting achievements such as the European title, several victories in the World Cup series and the Half Ironman distance, several Swiss league titles and at the end of the Olympic victory, the outshone everything, as well as private high points such as pregnancy, marriage and home-buying, is the Athlete of the Year award, the "icing on the cake", a wonderful recognition of my services and a great honor! I thank the Swiss, who elected me in such an overwhelming majority for the sportswoman of the year (53.21%). I thank especially my team, my family and Reto, my coach and training group, sponsors, friends and supporters, without whom this great successes in 2012 would not have been possible and who have earned the distinction as I do!"

Since London, she has gotten married to Reto Hug. She will take some time off from triathlon racing early in 2013 as she and her husband are expecting the first child in May.