Known for his intense training regime, which can go up to eight hours a day in cold, wet conditions, Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt realized a lifelong dream when he won the Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. His win was a memorable one as he delivered one of the mosty gutsy runs ever witnessed in the sport, battling Alex Lee of Great Britain and surging to the victory in the last kilometer. "It is a moment that I have been dreaming about for so many years," Kristian said after winning the gold. Kristian trains and competes with Giant bikes and gear including the Propel Advanced SL Disc aero road bike, along with Giant helmets including the Pursuit and Rivet TT models.
|February 14, 1994
2021: Olympic Gold Medalist; 1st at WTCS Yokohama; 1st at Lisbon World Cup
|Intro to triathlon
|I grew us as a swimmer who never learned "how to swim," but I had a huge engine. So my swim coach back then thought I had much bigger talent outside of the pool and advised me to give triathlon a try... Since then, triathlon has been my life.
|Goals for the future
|Win the Ironman World Championship and go sub-7 hours in Pho3nix SUB7 event
|Hamburg and Leeds WTCS races
|Giant Propel Advanced SL Disc
|What do you carry on a long ride?
|Spare gear to fix a flat, some cash and my phone. Important to get that nice photo for Strava...
|Favorite place to train
|Sierra Nevada, Spain
|Indoor cycling, or brave the winter conditions?
|Or escape the winter for a training camp in a warm place, ha ha! We normally do lots of camps over the winter, but the efficiency and simplicity of riding on a turbo is really good too.
|Dream vacation spot
|Films or TV you love
|Words to live by
|It hurts more to lose