10 Chapters About Kristian Blummenfelt

Kristian Blummenfelt
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Kristian Blummenfelt has proven to be one of the best triathletes in the world, with numerous championship titles and an Olympic gold medal under his belt.

A Brief Introduction To Kristian Blummenfelt

Before we dive into the details, let’s start with a quick overview of who Kristian Blummenfelt is:

Full NameKristian Blummenfelt
Nickname“Big Blu”
Date of BirthFebruary 14, 1994
Height175 cm (5’9″)
Weight74 kg (163 lbs)
DisciplineTriathlon (Olympic Distance and Long-Distance)
CoachOlav Aleksander Bu
First Triathlon2008
Turned Pro2016
AchievementsIronman World Champion,
Ironman 70.3 World Champion,
Olympic Gold Medal,
2021 World Triathlon world champion,
PTO #1 world ranking
Kristian Blummenfelt
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Early Life and Athletic Beginnings

Kristian Blummenfelt was born in Bergen, Norway.

Kristian’s athletic life began in swimming but he prospered as a cross-country runner while a teenager and competed in the 2011 European Cross Country Championships as a junior. Transitioning to triathlon was fairly easy with this multi-sport background.

He won many of the races he entered while competing in various ITU Junior European Cup events.

In 2015, as a Senior, he scored his first major ITU placing by picking up a bronze at the European Championship.

Kristian was competing mostly in the ITU World Triathlon Series (Now the World Triathlon Championship Series).

He was the Norwegian National Champion in 2015, 2016, and 2018.

Blummenfelt competed in the ITU/WTS races mostly, but in 2017, entered Ironman 70.3 Bahrain (Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championships) and won the race.

He went on to win that race in 2018, and 2019 as well.

It’s worth noting that Kristian was getting second place in many WTS races, but couldn’t quite break through for a win. This changed in 2019 when Kristian won WTS Lausanne.

While 2020 was canceled mostly due to COVID-19, Kristian came back in 2021 with a vengeance.

Kristian Blummenfelt
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Breakthrough Year

Kristian’s talent was on full display in 2021. He began by winning WTCS Yokohama. He then went to the Olympics and won gold. He followed that up with a win at WTCS Edmonton.

In November 2021, he entered Ironman Cozumel and won as a first time competitor at the distance.

He was showing everyone that he could win at any distance. From short course racing to a full Ironman, he was a threat.

Olympic Games

Kristian has participated in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games (held in 2021 due to COVID-19).

2016 – 16 place in Men’s Triathlon

2020 – Gold medal in Men’s Triathlon.

It’s noteworthy to mention that Blummenfelt got as much attention in the 2020 Olympic Games for his white triathlon kit (which became see-through when wet) as for his gold medal.

Kristian Blummenfelt
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Championship Titles

Some of Kristian Blummenfelt’s most significant achievements are his World Championship titles.

2021GoldOlympic Games – individual triathlon
20221stIronman World Championship (St. George, Utah)
20221stIronman 70.3 World Championship

Notable Results

Below is a list of many of Kristian Blummenfelt’s most notable results.

20163rdWTS Yokohama
20173rdWTS Yokohama
20172ndWTS Montreal
20172ndWTS Stockholm
20172ndWTS Rotterdam
20171stIronman 70.3 Middle East Championships (Ironman 70.3 Bahrain)
20182ndWTS Bermuda
20182ndWTS Edmonton
20182ndWTS Montreal
20181stIronman 70.3 Middle East Championships (Ironman 70.3 Bahrain)
20191stWTS Lausanne
20191stIronman 70.3 Middle East Championships (Ironman 70.3 Bahrain)
20211stWTCS Yokohama
20211stOlympic Games – individual triathlon
20211stWTCS Edmonton
20211stIronman Cozumel
20211stClash Daytona
20221stIronman World Championship (St. George, Utah)
20222ndPTO Candian Open
20221stCollins Cup
20223rdIronman World Championship (Kona, Hawaii)
20221stIronman 70.3 World Championship
20232ndPTO European Open
20233rdPTO US Open
20231stPTO Asian Open

Records and Achievements

2018 – Set a new world record for the 70.3 distance at Ironman 70.3 Bahrain – 3:29:04.

2019 – Set a new world record for the 70.3 distance at Ironman 70.3 Bahrain – 3:25:21.

2021 – Set a new world record for the fastest Ironman ever at the Ironman World Championship with a time of 7:49:16.

2022 – First man to go under 7 hours (6:44:25) for the Ironman distance. This was done at the Pho3nix Sub-7 event in Germany where conditions were optimized for record-breaking times.

Along with Jan Frodeno, has become Olympic champion, Ironman 70.3 World Champion, and Ironman World Champion.

Kristian races in every distance. From the Super League Triathlon races to World Triathlon Championship Series races to full Ironman events, Kristian is one to watch.

Kristian Blummenfelt
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Personal Life

Motto is “Go Big or Go Home”.

Likes to cook.

Very data-driven. Tests and analyzes everything to find every possible advantage.


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