Promise Kept

Outside magazine, August 1996


Promise Kept


Natascha Badmann served notice on the multisport community last November, first winning the Duathlon World Championships and then finishing a respectable sixth in the short-course triathlon worlds a week later. This May, she followed through in impressive fashion, annihilating the field in the sport's toughest, most lucrative event, the Powerman Duathlon in Zofingen, Switzerland. Badmann rode away from the pack-including 1995 Hawaii Ironman winner Karen Smyers-on the first of three mountainous 50-kilometer loops and never looked back, finishing 15 minutes ahead of European champion Irma Heeren. "I had no idea I was so strong," said a newly confident Badmann. "Maybe I'll try the Ironman this year."

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