Former world champion triathlete and multisport coach
British-born triathlete Spencer Smith is a three-time world champion turned triathlon coach, and one of only a handful of athletes to have consistently succeeded on the biggest stage at both short- and long-distance triathlon. His triathlete and sports career record is exemplary. Spencer Smith has won over half of all the races he has ever competed in – a phenomenal statistic that is almost unparalleled in the sport of triathlon.
At the age of 20, Spencer became the youngest-ever world and European champion. He was then the first male triathlete to win consecutive senior world championships (1993 and 1994) in addition to his junior world title in 1992.
However, it's not just Spencer’s success as a triathlete that has made him an iconic figure in the sport – it's also his ability regularly to bounce back from adversity and his positive, down-to-earth attitude that have helped to make him one of the most marketable men in the world of triathlon. Known and respected for his tough, hard-driving style of racing, away from the course he's universally considered to be one of the friendliest and most charismatic of athletes.
A good example of Spencer’s extraordinary ability to overcome severe hardship came while training for the 2005 season, when he suffered a horrific accident that not only cost him his season but also nearly cost him his life. While out on his bike, he was struck by a car. He suffered third-degree burns from being trapped beneath the engine, and also broke his scapula, clavicle and six ribs. Despite his injuries, which would have forced many lesser athletes to retire, he astonished the triathlon community by coming back strongly in 2006, placing second in Ironman Arizona and qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii for the fifth time.
Interestingly, he's also one of the very few champion triathletes to have raced in the highly-competitive world of professional cycling, where he spent the 1999-2000 season with the Linda McCartney team before reverting back to triathlon, proving his adaptability by winning Ironman Florida in a record time and coming 8th in the Hawaii Ironman World Championship within a year of his return.
Spencer now runs the multisport and triathlon coaching company, S2Coaching to help athletes all of abilities develop and reach their potential through world-class training.