Q & A

  1. When did you first start training in life? Where and why?

    When I was 10 years old, I did my first triathlon. Before I did a bit of swimming and a running race each year, some basketball and skiing, a bit of tennis –just loved to try out all different sports.

  2. One sport wasn’t enough? What got your into the multi-sport arena?

    My grandfather was a sports teacher, my uncle, mother and father were sports teachers, so I grew up with lots of different sports and couldn’t really decide which one I like best –three was better than one? I guess I would have gotten bored with just one ☺

  3. When did you turn pro?

    Depends what you mean by pro. I finished my law studies in 2010 and since then I have been completely concentrating on triathlon. But I have been to two Olympics before that, have won World Cups and was European Champion.

  4. What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?

    Certainly my three European Championship titles in 2009, 2010 and 2012! Europeans were always very important to me, since I became Junior European Champion in 1999 and saw Reto Hug, my partner now, winning the Elite in the same year. Since then I always wanted to become European Champion, but it took me 10 years…☺
    Otherwise there are lots of good memories over the years, the two, soon to be three, Olympics, the Vice World Champion title in 2010 and lots of other great events and memories!

  5. What is your best discipline and why?

    I like the running best. The biking is probably my best discipline though. I love all the three disciplines as the diversity makes triathlon interesting, but I think once I have finished my career, I will always keep running as long as I can.

  6. If you had a discipline that needed work, which would it be and why?

    All the three disciplines still need some work, but I guess I have the least talent in swimming, so I might have to work a bit more there.

  7. Your favorite distance?

    At the moment 3km track run race☺ but I like to do very different distances. In the last three weeks I did an Olympic distance triathlon, a 70.3 half Ironman and a 3km track run race and liked all of the races!

  8. Preferred race day outfit …

    Race suit, medal and champagne ☺

  9. If there is one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?

    My run style, I think.

  10. Who was your inspiration growing up?

    Within your sport: There wasn’t just one person inspiring me. I think I was looking at lots of different athletes and took the pieces I liked most from each person.
    Outside your sport: My brother. I was always looking up to him. My father, he was my coach for 15 years. My grandfather, he is a very wise and inspiring man.

  11. What has driven you to work super hard and rise up beyond mediocrity?

    Not to be mediocre, I guess. I am fascinated by trying to find my limits, by doing my absolute best and working as hard as I can to see how far I can go!

  12. Are you a rebel? Why or why not?

    I don’t think I am a rebel. I followed a very normal life with school, studies, finishing my law degree with high marks. But by choosing to make sports my profession and change my life so that I can be the best I can be in triathlon, well for a Swiss, that is already a little bit rebellious.

  13. What is your favorite course?

    It has to be hard, hilly, technical, just very demanding, preferably with a stunning scenery.

  14. What is the venue that you purely dread and why?

    Boring courses with very few changes in it, flat, straight, not much to look at.

  15. Finish this sentence: “Oakley is _________”

    the coolest sunglass brand I know!

  16. If you weren’t killing it in the tri scene, what would you be doing for a living?

    I would probably work as a lawyer after having finished my law studies in 2010. Working out good sponsoring contracts for poor triathletes or something ☺

  17. What is a hidden talent you have other than your sport?

    If I told you, it wouldn’t be hidden anymore!

  18. What is the best song to practice to?

    It depends on the training. If it’s a hard session, then definitely hard, fast songs. If it’s easy, then something to sing along to.

  19. Tell me a funny story about another Oakley athlete...(We’ll never tell)

    haha, I’m a lawyer, I am not allowed to tell secrets…

  20. People would be super surprised if they knew that you…

    … that I actually never knew what I wanted to become as a kid, but I knew what I DIDN’T want to become – a professional athlete…?!

  21. Your Favorite:

    Food: Chocolate
    Vacation Spot: always a different one
    Airline: Swiss
    Candy: Gummibärli (Swiss Candy)
    Sport (Besides your own): Snowboarding, mountaineering, running, track riding, climbing and a lot of others… (I can’t decide which one)
    Movie: Forest Gump

  22. Any last words??

    I'll just write something to have the last word…☺:
    Thanks for the interview!

Nicola Spirig

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1982
Winkel, Switzerland
erdgas, Raiffeisen, BH, Parmigiani, Nike, Land Rover, Ingenieurbüro Gujer AG
Snowboarding, mountainbiking, mountaineering, family…

Career Highlights

    • Junior World and European Champion
    • 2008 - 6th - Beijing Olympics
    • 2009, 2010, 2012 - European Champion
    • 2010 - Vice World Champion
    • 3 Time World Series Race Winner - Madrid (2), London
    • Two World Cup Wins (Kitzbühel, Eilat)
    • 2012: Gold - Olympic Games - London