Interview: Canadian Olympic silver medalist Scott Frandsen on his training for IRONMAN Kona

Frandsen racing at Kona (Photo courtesy of Scott Frandsen)

Triple Olympian Scott Frandsen, who earned a silver medal in the men's pair with Dave Calder in Beijing (just behind the famous duo of Drew Ginn and Duncan Free), is no stranger to logging mile after mile of training on the water. So, following his second Olympics in 2008, Frandsen found the transition to Ironman Triathlon a natural one, giving him a release from rowing while still developing his endurance fitness and providing him with an intensely competitive outlet. Having raced in his first Ironman in 2009 (Subrau Ironman Canada), Frandsen has competed at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, twice, qualifying for the 2014 event by winning the amateur category (and placing ninth overall) at the Coeur d'Alene Ironman in a time of 9:16.36.

Here, Frandsen shares what motivates him to train at the elite level, whether it be rowing or triathlon, as well as the importance of patience, nutrition, and just generally being able to stay afloat when the rush for the water kicks off the first stage of a three-part race.

For a full rundown of Frandsen's Ironman results, please follow the link, and to learn more about Scott's athletic endeavors, check out his website at

Update: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Frandsen was a two-time Olympian—Frandsen competed at the 2004 Olympics as well, in the Canadian men's eight.


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