Nicola Spirig plans post-Olympic future
Nicola Spirig owns two Olympic medals, is a six-time European champion and a mother of three. As she prepares for her fifth Olympic games, she also has her eyes set on the time after Tokyo 2021. The Zurich native will assume an ambassador role for the Pho3nix Foundation, in which she intends to closely cooperate with the Kids Cup by Nicola Spirig and her own foundation’s school projects. Finally, Spirig will take part in a groundbreaking Ironman distance triathlon project in the spring of 2022.
In over 25 years in professional sports, Nicola Spirig has achieved everything anyone could ever dream of. Her fifth Olympic games in Tokyo this summer will mark another milestone in her illustrious career. What happens thereafter, is now also taking shape for the law school graduate. Spirig will stay close to the sport of triathlon while expanding her work on three significant pillars as an ambassador for the Pho3nix Foundation: "The Pho3nix Foundation creates equal opportunities and encourages children to live actively and experience the benefits of sport. It offers numerous educational and social initiatives, while also organizing youth triathlons." The foundation was initiated by Sebastian Kulczyk and aims to help children around the world gain access to sports.
Now invested herself, Spirig plans to expand her "Kids Cup by Nicola Spirig" initiative while also creating school projects in a joint effort between her personal foundation and the Pho3nix Foundation. "The Kids Cup and my foundation are two matters very dear to my heart. During my sporting career, I had the privilege of experiencing many priceless moments. Now, it’s my husband’s and my turn to provide as many children as possible with access to sporting activities, so that they, too, can enjoy the same things that gave us so much pleasure. Over the past few years, we have been able to establish and expand the Kids Cup. Thanks to our cooperation with Pho3nix, we will now be able to improve and grow it beyond my career, which is something we are truly excited about."
Sub8 project: sub-eight-hour Ironman for a good cause
The third post-Tokyo project between Nicola Spirig and Pho3nix will see Spirig collaborate as an active athlete. In order to raise awareness for the importance of sports and active lifestyles for children - and to raise money for various initiatives planned around the world - an event new to triathlon is planned for the spring of 2022: Similar to the Nike project, which saw Kenian Eliud Kipchoge break the magic magic 2-hour marathon barrier in an ideal setting in Vienna in 2019, Pho3nix wants to organize an event that will attempt to complete the Ironman distance in under eight hours for women and under seven hours for men.
The preparations for this very difficult undertaking will be chronicled in a documentary series, with the intent to inspire and motivate the next generation to also set and pursue seemingly impossible goals.
The Sub8 project will feature four of the world’s best athletes. Joining Spirig on the women’s side will be Lucy Charles-Barclay (three-time Ironman runner-up). For the men, two-time Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and half-marathon world record holder Kristian Blummenfelt will attempt to break the magic barrier. The current world records are 8:18:13 hours for women (Chrissie Wellington/UK) and 7:35:39 (Jan Frodeno/GER) for men.