Bright Frederiksen

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Helle Frederiksen at the World Championship Series Triathlon in Madrid, 2010
Helle Frederiksen at the World Championship
Series Triathlon in Madrid, 2010
Personal information
Date of birth 5th March 1981 (age 39)
place of birth Odense, Denmark
size 171 cm
Weight 54 kg
Current Tri4Elite
Since 2014 BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team
2013-2019 10 × winner Ironman 70.3
2014 Vice European champion ITU triathlon middle distance
2017, 2018 2 × Second Ironman 70.3 European Championships
2017 Vice world champion ITU long-distance triathlon
2018 World Champion ITU Long Distance Triathlon
Resigned in 2019

Helle Frederiksen (born March 5, 1981 in Odense , Funen ) is a former Danish triathlete who has been a member of the Danish national team since 2006. She is vice European champion in the middle distance triathlon (2014), second in the Ironman 70.3 European Championships (2017) and world champion in the long distance triathlon (2018).


Frederiksen was active as a swimmer in her youth and was a member of the Danish national swimming team from 12 to 18 years of age. Until her temporary retirement from top-class sport in 1999, she had won several Danish swimming championships.

Frederiksen then worked for five years as a spinning trainer and freelance model and went on to study at university until she took part in a women's triathlon in Odense (Piger med Power) in 2004 and won it.

National champion triathlon short distance 2006 to 2009

In 2005 she took part in the Danish National Triathlon Championship and was second and third on the Olympic distance (1.5 km swimming, 40 km cycling and 10 km running) in the sprint distance. After an intensive training period on the Gold Coast in Australia, Frederiksen became Danish triathlon champion on the Olympic distance for the first time in 2006 and she was able to successfully defend this title in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She has been a professional athlete since 2008.
In the 2009 European ranking of the International Triathlon Union , Frederiksen was number two and had the highest number (7) of contested races.

In 2010 Frederiksen retired from the national championship in Nykøbing due to a tire damage and 2010 was to be Frederiksen's unlucky year: After the bicycle crash in Madrid through no fault of her own, she suffered from back and hip pain, especially since a herniated disc from 2007 made her head again .

2012 Summer Olympics

Frederiksen was also awarded an Olympic Scholarship for Athletes London 2012 in 2010 , which allowed her to prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games, where she finished 27th in August 2012. The second Danish starter Line Jensen took 23rd place in London. Frederiksen's Danish club is Tri4Elite . Since 2014 she starts for the BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team (previously: Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team). In October 2014, she became vice European champion in the triathlon middle distance on Mallorca.

At her eleventh start in an Ironman 70.3 race, she was able to secure her seventh victory on Lanzarote in September 2016.

Vice-World Champion Triathlon Long Distance 2017

In June 2017 she finished second at the Ironman 70.3 European Championships in Denmark. In August, Helle Frederiksen was runner-up in the long distance world champion. At the Ironman 70.3 World Championship she finished fifth in September.
In November 2017 she started at the Ironman Arizona for the first time on the Ironman distance (3.86 km swimming, 180.2 km cycling and 42.195 km running), was able to finish swimming as the fastest athlete and took second place.

In July 2018, the then 37-year-old became the ITU world champion on the long distance in Denmark. In August 2019, she announced the end of her professional career.


Frederiksen obtained a Bachelor in Health and Sport (Idræt og Sundhed) at the Syddansk Universitet in 2005 . After moving to Farum , she continued her studies at the University of Copenhagen, graduating in 2008 with a Masters in Sports and Nutrition Science (Cand. Scient. I Human Ernæring). Helle Frederiksen works in Denmark as a coach and nutritionist.

Helle Frederiksen has been married to British and Welsh triathlete Ben Powell , a former member of the Swansea High Performance Squad, since August 2014 . Ben Powell is the son of former Welsh Ironman record holder Martin Powell and works at the Club LaSanta triathlon center in Lanzarote, where Frederiksen spends her training periods. Helle Frederiksen lives in Holstebro .

Sporting successes

(DNF - Did Not Finish )

Web links

Commons : Helle Frederiksen  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ ETU Women's Ranking , accessed December 3, 2010.
  2. TRI4s elitetrup udtages en gang årligt. For sæsonen 2013 indgår følgende atleter i TRI4 Elite (Danish) (German: "TRI4 Elite-Kader der Saison 2013"), accessed on July 25, 2014. (The original homepage no longer exists.)
  3. Helle Frederiksen confirms retirement from professional racing , accessed on November 6, 2019.
  4. a b "The Short Story", short biography on her personal website , accessed on December 20, 2009.
  5. Short-distance European Championships Athlone: ​​Spirig defends title
  6. ^ ETU short distance EM: Title to Gomez and Spirig
  7. Helle Frederiksen wins Ironman 70.3 Augusta ( Memento from September 27, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) (September 25, 2016)
  8. Course Record Day in Lanzarote (September 20, 2014)
  9. Ironman 70.3 San Juan Won By Starykowicz And Frederiksen (March 17, 2013)