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Michael Weiss
Austria
World Rank
59
Weight
79kg
Height
1.88m
Age
40
DOB
01/17/81
67%Swim94%Bike85%Run87%Overall
Athletes are measured as a percentage (for each discipline and overall) based on a relative comparison to the #1 ranked athlete who's rated at 100%.
Biography More

Michael Weiss

Michael - or 'Michi' as he's almost universally known - has so far squeezed nearly three careers into one.

Having raced since he was 14, he represented Austria at the 2004 Olympics in Athens in mountain biking and was U23 European champion despite claiming he was "too tall" and "too big" for the sport.

But after missing out on qualifying for Beijing in 2008, he added swimming and running into the equation as he switched to XTERRA triathlon.

He loved it from the outset, saying: "I realised straight away I was much more talented in triathlon." And it didn't take him long to make his mark, finishing on the podium at the World Championships in Maui in that first year. And in 2009. And 2010. Before stepping onto the top step in 2011.

And in amongst, he'd tried and excelled in another sphere, going on-road and up in distance. Again, he was to the fore in double-quick time, with a runner-up slot at 70.3 Monaco.

But it was at the full 140.6 distance where he was to make the most significant impact.

Citing Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of his two heroes growing up (Austrian alpine skier Hermann Maier is the other), his power-packed displays as he hunts his rivals down after the swim are reminiscent of 'The Terminator'.

That was certainly the case in 2010 when he became the first Austrian to win a full IRONMAN event (at St. George) - surging into the lead on the bike before running away from the field in the marathon. He was to cross the line nearly 13 minutes ahead of Ben Hoffman to announce his arrival in the big time.

Multiple full IRONMAN and 70.3 titles have followed and, even 10 years on, he shows no signs of slowing down - quite the opposite.

Indeed the last couple of seasons have been his most successful so far and he's shown a level of consistency (15 podiums in 20 IRONMAN events) which few in the sport can match.

'Mr Consistent' whatever the surface or distance

Not qualifying for a second Olympics in 2008 proved to be a blessing in disguise for Weiss.

His friends had been urging him to give triathlon a go and that summer he dived into the world of XTERRA and immediately knew he was perfectly suited to the new sport.

In mountain biking he'd been a real force on flat and rolling courses, but found his threat was sometimes blunted when it got steep. Not in triathlon. And the distance didn't seem to matter either, with wins in everything from sprint races upwards.

Within that first year he'd come second at Monaco 70.3, chiefly down to his biking skills on a hilly course, and was also runner-up at the XTERRA World Championships when the race was held in Makena.

Two third places followed in off-road triathlon's showpiece event before he was crowned XTERRA World Champion in what was a notable edition in 2011.

Many eyes in Maui had been on the world's most famous cyclist Lance Armstrong, who duly took the lead after six miles of the bike leg. But one man had his measure on two wheels that day, Weiss powering past after 14 miles en route to victory.

Armstrong faded from second to 23rd on the run - not helped by a late crash on the bike - while a certain Jan Frodeno crossed the line in 12th on his first venture into XTERRA.

Meanwhile, Weiss completed the mile ocean swim, 18.3-mile mountain-bike ride and 6.1-mile trail run in two hours and 27 minutes to win by 33 seconds.

By now he was also an IRONMAN winner, and that's where his focus soon switched.

The breakthrough win in that sphere had been in 2010 at the inaugural 140.6 event at St. George in Utah - in what was now trademark fashion.

The following year he'd join the elite sub-eight-hour club at IRONMAN Austria, and stellar performances on home roads have been a feature of his career (he's the first Austrian to win the triple crown of Austria, St. Pölten and Zell am See).

Another notable treble is his hat-trick of victories at IRONMAN Cozumel (in 2013, 2014 and 2018), while he set a new bike record there in 2019 in taking second place and booking his Kona slot for what should have been the 2020 edition.

Indeed Kona has been a focal point throughout his career. But it took until the record-breaking year of 2018 - and his eighth attempt - for him to get the top-10 finish he'd craved.

It came after he'd battled back to full fitness from a serious bike crash in March 2017, which left him with a broken collarbone and separated AC ligament.

A strong swim of 54:14 put him in the mix, followed by the second-quickest bike split in Kona history (Australia pro rider Cameron Wurf set the fastest the very same day).

That left Weiss fourth at the start of the marathon, but those top-10 dreams were in danger of being dashed as he dropped back to 11th in the closing stages.

But, battling heat and exhaustion all the way, he rallied late on to overtake Spanish star Javier Gomez in the final few hundred metres on Ali'i Drive as he posted a run split just two seconds over three hours.

But rather than rest on his laurels, he made the most of his form and confidence by notching two IRONMAN victories in the space of a fortnight - at Cozumel and Mar del Plata.

That late-season flourish crowned a special year featuring three IRONMAN wins, three 70.3 successes, nine podiums out of 12 and top 10s at both the 140.6 and 70.3 World Championship.

Home comforts and a happy family

Michael didn't slow down in 2019, kicking off with a victory at 70.3 Campeche, but the year was most notable for the birth of his first child.

"My daughter Lola eclipses everything I could ever have achieved on my own," says Weiss - and as he heads towards 40, his life and career couldn't be in a better place.

Over the years he's mixed his training between Colorado, Cozumel and Austria, but the bulk is now close to home.

"I have the love of a fantastic woman in my home town of Gumpoldskirchen - I never thought for a minute that the race that is my life would finish where I began, but I could not be happier.

"My family makes me strong, and their love and encouragement mean I have all I need to carry on."

And as the results show, he's going from strength to strength.

Current PTO World Ranking Points
59
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
91.86
2021 Challenge Cancun
68.21
Average
80.03
Ranking History
#1#101#201#301#401201020112012201420152016201720182019202020212010Overall199.82 pts#16Swim55.76 pts#219Bike166.95 pts#3Run120.90 pts#512011Overall213.27 pts#16Swim73.63 pts#163Bike162.20 pts#4Run140.48 pts#382012Overall129.50 pts#73Swim67.89 pts#203Bike143.82 pts#20Run129.41 pts#612014Overall252.63 pts#8Swim84.65 pts#279Bike188.54 pts#2Run147.73 pts#442015Overall255.96 pts#20Swim84.65 pts#364Bike200.83 pts#3Run148.45 pts#622016Overall242.84 pts#41Swim100.86 pts#342Bike200.57 pts#5Run140.05 pts#972017Overall248.32 pts#43Swim100.86 pts#391Bike200.57 pts#6Run155.28 pts#672018Overall286.69 pts#13Swim93.20 pts#399Bike203.72 pts#6Run182.61 pts#202019Overall286.69 pts#14Swim93.20 pts#387Bike203.72 pts#7Run182.61 pts#202020Overall268.34 pts#22Swim74.86 pts#385Bike187.47 pts#23Run158.32 pts#452021Overall80.03 pts#59Swim35.84 pts#378Bike90.92 pts#22Run73.04 pts#77
Results
66 Races12
1
7
2
9
3
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
30 May
27
Challenge St Pölten
30:04
2:09:30
1:14:18
3:58:39
51.9852
03:42:3751.99
23 May
DNF
IM Tulsa
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:51:38-
2 May
4
Challenge Cancun
30:34
2:01:06
1:17:40
3:54:20
68.2067
03:43:4068.21
11 Apr
10
IM 70.3 Texas
28:25
2:02:53
1:16:46
3:50:53
67.7086
03:40:1367.71
12 Mar
24
IM 70.3 Dubai
27:22
1:57:51
1:14:59
3:44:55
50.2575
03:29:1850.26
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
6 Dec
28
Challenge Daytona
26:31
1:42:09
1:02:46
3:14:25
66.5076
03:05:0766.51
15 Mar
3
IM 70.3 Campeche
25:34
2:04:32
1:19:35
3:52:24
72.78
03:43:1772.78
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
7 Dec
9
IM 70.3 Bahrain
25:43
1:54:16
1:14:23
3:39:15
54.2377
03:25:1054.24
24 Nov
2
IM Cozumel
45:25
4:07:18
2:50:34
7:47:12
90.6674
07:40:4590.67
12 Oct
13
IM Hawaii
57:05
4:21:37
2:54:34
8:18:02
79.2501
08:03:0079.25
29 Sep
3
IM 70.3 Cozumel
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:53:38
77.3303
03:45:5777.33
27 Jul
7
Challenge Prague
--:--
--:--
--:--
4:05:35
49.1113
03:48:1049.11
26 May
3
IM 70.3 Austria
27:47
2:09:34
1:13:25
3:55:43
65.7027
03:44:1165.70
27 Apr
7
IM Texas
56:15
4:15:54
2:55:17
8:13:05
72.8183
07:53:4672.82
7 Apr
3
IM South Africa
30:05
4:24:18
2:43:41
7:42:35
91.9289
07:37:0391.93
17 Mar
1
IM 70.3 Campeche
29:11
2:00:26
1:17:12
3:50:02
85.7421
03:45:1385.74
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
2 Dec
1
IM Mar del Plata
22:24
4:14:19
2:49:11
7:30:23
92.9696
07:25:4192.97
18 Nov
1
IM Cozumel
47:34
4:13:05
2:54:02
7:58:34
91.2497
07:52:2291.25
13 Oct
10
IM Hawaii
54:14
4:11:27
3:00:02
8:11:04
86.2362
08:01:0886.24
30 Sep
1
IM 70.3 Cozumel
23:36
2:00:52
1:18:50
3:47:14
90.7793
03:44:0890.78
2 Sep
9
IM 70.3 World Championship
26:55
2:08:16
1:10:45
3:50:39
79.1341
03:43:3979.13
26 Aug
1
IM 70.3 Zell am See
26:28
--:--
1:07:32
1:36:14
0
--
1 Jul
1
IM Austria
52:04
4:16:09
2:51:39
8:04:46
92.7713
07:59:3492.77
17 Jun
10
IM 70.3 Elsinore
26:23
2:03:21
1:13:11
3:48:11
62.3971
03:36:0062.40
27 May
1
IM 70.3 Austria
27:40
2:09:13
1:09:28
3:51:36
77.791
03:44:0877.79
5 May
3
IM 70.3 St. George
26:45
2:02:30
1:10:41
3:43:14
100.944
03:43:33100.94
8 Apr
2
IM 70.3 Texas
26:04
2:04:18
1:11:32
3:45:40
76.66
03:38:0276.66
18 Mar
2
IM 70.3 Campeche
25:12
2:06:56
1:15:22
3:50:40
86.234
03:46:0086.23
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
26 Nov
2
IM Cozumel
44:56
4:12:45
2:50:47
7:53:27
85.8844
07:43:3885.88
14 Oct
DNF
IM Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:11:49-
24 Sep
5
IM 70.3 Cozumel
25:41
--:--
--:--
3:57:32
61.3491
03:44:3161.35
6 Aug
1
IM Netherlands
56:02
4:31:23
2:45:16
8:18:09
79.3973
08:03:1379.40
2 Jul
5
IM Austria
57:08
4:27:53
2:51:23
8:22:42
62.6543
07:56:0262.65
19 Mar
DNF
IM 70.3 Campeche
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
03:48:31-
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
27 Nov
4
IM Cozumel
48:26
4:17:45
2:59:55
8:10:44
79.0039
07:55:4579.00
8 Oct
32
IM Hawaii
54:03
4:25:51
3:24:21
8:49:54
47.3047
08:11:0547.30
11 Sep
1
IM 70.3 Santa Cruz
27:18
2:04:36
1:13:08
3:50:25
80.5965
03:43:5480.60
21 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Timberman
26:20
2:01:44
1:18:11
3:49:22
81.8367
03:43:1781.84
26 Jun
5
IM Austria
56:16
4:21:04
2:51:57
8:14:45
68.5821
07:52:2968.58
11 Jun
6
IM 70.3 Boulder
28:12
1:55:20
1:19:10
3:46:56
75.429
03:38:5275.43
14 May
DNF
IM Texas
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
0
--
10 Apr
3
IM 70.3 Texas
26:48
1:58:40
1:17:14
3:45:32
74.0499
03:37:0574.05
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
29 Nov
3
IM Cozumel
49:40
4:29:41
3:00:13
8:24:24
70.1499
08:02:4770.15
10 Oct
16
IM Hawaii
1:01:13
4:28:34
3:09:19
8:44:30
61.3143
08:15:4461.31
20 Sep
4
IM 70.3 Cozumel
25:27
2:02:34
1:18:47
3:51:35
73.5628
03:42:4573.56
22 Aug
10
IM 70.3 Budapest
27:03
2:09:15
1:20:38
4:01:46
17.3511
03:35:0617.35
28 Jun
2
IM Austria
51:52
4:20:57
2:48:18
8:06:59
73.5999
07:48:2673.60
17 May
4
IM 70.3 Austria
28:11
2:10:36
1:12:53
3:56:56
60.2465
03:43:3660.25
3 May
20
IM 70.3 Pays d'Aix
26:24
2:12:14
1:33:32
4:17:32
20.3555
03:50:0320.36
28 Mar
11
IM 70.3 California
27:08
2:10:25
1:17:22
3:59:55
57.3262
03:45:2957.33
27 Feb
11
Challenge Dubai
27:47
2:04:31
1:14:16
3:50:33
80.4038
03:43:5880.40
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
30 Nov
1
IM Cozumel
50:28
4:22:20
2:55:22
8:12:16
95.2261
08:08:4695.23
11 Oct
16
IM Hawaii
1:00:52
4:33:55
2:58:35
8:38:27
64.3502
08:12:0864.35
29 Jun
8
IM Austria
50:04
4:24:11
2:57:53
8:17:42
55.0821
07:46:1755.08
25 May
3
IM 70.3 Austria
28:57
2:10:54
1:09:20
3:53:45
65.8197
03:42:2165.82
3 May
11
IM 70.3 St. George
26:13
2:07:32
1:12:44
3:50:10
77.0804
03:42:3177.08
23 Mar
4
IM Melbourne
52:39
4:20:50
2:45:17
8:03:46
80.3268
07:49:5480.33
2013
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
1 Dec
1
IM Cozumel
36:54
4:22:20
2:51:34
7:55:23
0
--
2011
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
19 Nov
8
IM Arizona
54:04
4:24:05
2:59:02
8:21:36
55.0006
07:49:5355.00
15 Oct
DNF
IM Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:10:17-
11 Sep
4
IM 70.3 World Championship
27:57
2:12:57
1:14:09
3:59:11
0
--
3 Jul
2
IM Austria
52:52
4:16:25
2:42:28
7:57:39
74.4955
07:40:0374.50
2010
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
9 Oct
13
IM Hawaii
57:40
4:25:21
3:00:34
8:29:15
74.4923
08:10:2974.49
4 Jul
3
IM Austria
55:34
4:19:13
2:55:38
8:14:50
61.0471
07:47:3161.05
1 May
1
IM St. George
54:29
4:43:01
2:58:03
8:40:08
64.2821
08:13:4164.28
2009
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
10 Oct
25
IM Hawaii
1:03:05
4:30:05
3:18:10
8:55:54
52.8947
08:20:3252.89
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
80
59
2020
268
22
2019
286
14
2018
286
13
2017
248
43
2016
242
41
2015
255
20
2014
252
8
2012
129
73
2011
213
16
2010
199
16
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
35
378
2020
74
385
2019
93
387
2018
93
399
2017
100
391
2016
100
342
2015
84
364
2014
84
279
2012
67
203
2011
73
163
2010
55
219
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
90
22
2020
187
23
2019
203
7
2018
203
6
2017
200
6
2016
200
5
2015
200
3
2014
188
2
2012
143
20
2011
162
4
2010
166
3
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
73
77
2020
158
45
2019
182
20
2018
182
20
2017
155
67
2016
140
97
2015
148
62
2014
147
44
2012
129
61
2011
140
38
2010
120
51
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