Emergency heart operation on Normann Stadler
Written by: Herbert Krabel
Date: Wed Jul 13 2011
It has not been announced yet what this will mean for the athletic career of the fast man from Germany, but it would appear that a health issue like along those lines would prevent Stadler from continuing the sport of triathlon at a professional level.
38-year old Stadler won the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in 2004 and 2006, and has had plenty of other success all over the world. He is however best known for his wins in Kona which he won both times with a very impressive bike split, in the process dispelling the myth that the race could not be won on the bike. The last few years he was the leader of the very successful German based Commerzbank Triathlon Team. The main sponsor Commerzbank just recently announced that they would not continue the sponsorship of the triathlon team past 2011.
We will keep you posted on this situation and meanwhile wish Stadler a speedy recovery. Updates will be published as they become available.
Normann Stadler announced his retirement from the sport today and we'd like to honor the 2-time Ironman World Champion with a gallery through the years. 8.01.11
Steffen Liebetrau passed away in early April and several pros who knew him and raced against him kindly shared their thoughts about this man who enjoyed life. 4.15.15
The 34th edition of Ironman Hawaii had a generous helping of courage and drama. Photo Galleries by Timothy Carlson. 10.10.10
Normann Stadler crushes the field on the bike; Rebekah Keat combines second-best bike and a second-best run to edge Tiina Boman at Challenge Kraichgau 6.06.10
Return after aneurysm surgery.
Reviewed by: T. Hobbes, Jul 21 2011 6:18AM
Normann will return
Reviewed by: Nicole Carey, Jul 14 2011 5:47AM