Two-time reigning women’s IRONMAN world champion, Daniela Ryf, is ready to soar at the  Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth on April 2nd, 2017.

Daniela Ryf is ready to soar to greater heights in 2017.

South Africa will be a long way from the Swiss professional triathlete, but nothing will deter the multiple-time World Champion. Ryf stands as the dominant force in women’s long-course triathlon and will become the third women’s IRONMAN world champion to race in South Africa following Wellington and her compatriot, Natascha Badmann.

With a record that includes the 2015 and 2016 IRONMAN World Championship as well as the 2014 and 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship titles, Ryf is the clear favourite whenever she sets her foot on the start line. Her performance in Kona last year was nothing short of incredible—leading from the front, holding off a Mirinda Carfrae charge, and breaking the course record in the process.

Being used to this level of performance, Ryf does not allow the “favourite” tag weigh her down—instead, she uses it to push her forward.

“I don’t care about the outside pressure anymore. I race for myself, that’s why I enjoy it,” she adds.

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