Age is Just a Number to Dede

At the age of 52, Dede Griesbauer, an 18 year veteran Professional Triathlete, set an incredible course record at the recent 2022 Ultraman World Championships in Hawaii with a time of 23 hours, 22 minutes and 58 seconds, beating the previous record by over 45 minutes.

Dede is a 3-time Ironman Champion and a 2-time 70.3 Champion. She is the 2016 12-hour Time Trial World Champion where she set the course record of 258 miles, beating all of the men as well.  Dede won Ultraman Florida in 2020 where she set an Ultraman World Record of 22 hours, 48 minutes and 31 seconds.

Dede began her athletic career swimming at Stanford University, accumulating some 10 NCAA All-American honors. As captain, she led the 1992 team to an NCAA Championship. Individually, Dede represented the United States as part of the USA Swimming National Team between 1989 and 1994. She was a gold medalist at the 1989 Pan Pacific Championships and at the 1991 Pan American Games in the 200 meter backstroke. She swam in two Olympic Trials in 1988 and 1992. In 1992, she placed 5th in the 200 meter backstroke, narrowly missing the Barcelona Games team.

In 2011, Dede had a near career ending crash during Ironman Germany.  She broke six bones – an elbow, two ribs, her pelvis in two places and her hip.  She was told she’d never run again.  By mid-2012, she was back on the racecourse.

Dede is the 2016 12-hour Time Trial World Champion, pedaling 258 miles in 12 hours.

Dede started 2020 with a win (2nd overall) at Ultraman Florida where she set a world record for the Ultraman distance of 22 hours, 48 minutes and 31 seconds.  It was a record by some 1 hour, 18 minutes.

Congratulations to Dede for her amazing achievement of becoming a World Champion by taking the title at the 2022 Ultraman World Championship.

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