In a video posted to Instagram, Jan Frodeno announced that complications from a cycling crash will keep him from racing for the remainder of the season. The three-time IRONMAN World Champion's announcement comes days after what he calls the first of "two to five surgeries" to repair the damage suffered in the crash.
Frodeno's 2022 has been marred by injury. He skipped the 2021 IRONMAN World Championships held earlier this year due to a recurring Achilles injury. He attempted to return to racing at Challenge Roth, leading the race through T2, but was forced to withdraw shortly into the run due to the same injury. It comes off the back of a 2021 season that featured the Zwift Tri Battle versus Lionel Sanders, where Frodeno won in a then-world best time for the iron distance of 7 hours and 27 minutes.
Frodeno's announcement comes nearly two months to the day of the 2022 IRONMAN World Championships, which for the first time will be held across two days and will mark the return to Hawaii. Frodeno was widely anticipated to retire at the 2022 event; however, today's announcement likely delays retirement for at least another season.