Emma Snowshill
Emma Snowshill
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Female triathletes: top 10 greatest ever?

We have discussed, debated and, frankly, argued furiously about who should make it onto our top 10 female triathletes of all time list... do you agree with our chosen 10?

6 Emma Snowsill

Emma Snowsill may have retired in 2014 at the relatively young age of 33, an age when many of her compatriots are still racing, but her reputation as one of the greats in triathlon will live on for decades.

Born in 1981, she was champion at both the 16-20 category ITU World’s in 2000 and the 2001 Sydney Youth Olympic Festival Triathlon. A series of major wins in the early 2000s, including the 2003 ITU World Champs and the 2004 World Cup cemented her as at the top of the triathlon tree.

In 2005 she took her second world crown in Gamagori, Japan and won five out of six ITU races. Then in 2006 she bettered this with six out of seven wins at ITU races and a gold in both the Commonwealth Games and the Lausanne ITU World Champs, making her the first female triathlete to win three world titles. Her career was crowned with a gold at Beijing in 2008.

And she may have achieved more if Triathlon Australia had not controversially overlooked her for both the 2004 and 2012 Olympics.

In July 2014 she made the decision to retire saying: “It’s like that holiday that you never want to end. It was wonderful, you had a great time, but you know at some point it has to finish. I've been a competitor all my life and have loved nothing more than the pressure of a big race and representing my country.”

Snowsill is married to fellow Beijing Olympic gold medallist and current Ironman world champ Jan Frodeno. 

220 Staff Writer Jack Sexty says: "Despite never proving herself over middle and long-distance tri, Snowsill won her trio of ITU titles in a highly competitive era. She triumphed over her hugely talented rival Vanessa Fernandes in multiple ITU races, and most importantly at the 2008 Olympics. Snowsill was also versatile enough to win the non-drafting Hy-Vee triathlon twice, scooping the huge prize-purse in the process."

Emma Snowsill greatest victories

2008 Olympic Champion

2006 Commonwealth Champion

2006 ITU World Champion

2005 ITU World Champion

2003 ITU World Champion

Continue reading our guide to the 10 top female triathletes of all time  (5/10)


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She DNF'd in 2015 so the second sentence is incorrect.


What about Fernanda Keller (Miss Consistency) ?

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