Nine of the top contenders for tomorrow's Ironman 70.3 World Championship gathered Saturday morning at the Henderson Pavilion.


Nine of the top contenders for tomorrow’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship gathered Saturday morning at the Henderson Pavilion to talk race strategy, competition and more. More from the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

Leanda Cave

“I have a blessing having Siri [Lindley, coach] in my corner. My season’s going late, but better late than never.”

Melissa Hauschildt

“This year’s gone a lot better than last year – I’ve gone back to what I did in 2011.”

Heather Wurtele

“Everyone has been saying, ‘Oh, she’s too tall to run,’ and I started to believe it after a while. But I’ve been working consistently, and I feel really confident in my training. There’s been a progression. It’s not so much an increase in my self-esteem as it is that I’m easier on myself. Belief is the absence of negativity.”

Kelly Williamson

“I’m where I want to be. I love this course. Coming from Texas, I’m always going to hope it’s as hot as possible out there.”

Sebastian Keinle

“To know I have the capacity to win is valuable—even more valuable than actually winning.”

Craig Alexander

(On Coaching Lisa Norden): “When you prescribe a training day for someone, it makes you evaluate your own goals. I don’t know that I’ve made big changes to my own training as a result of helping her, but I think more about what I am doing.”

Andy Potts

“There’s probably six or seven of us who have the chance to win. I’ll give myself the best chance.”

Terenzo Bozzone

“I’m excited to be here and racing this weekend. I count my lucky stars that I can race one of the hardest courses in the history of 70.3 racing.”

Bevan Docherty

“My focus is Kona, but I’m here to race, too. I’m fit enough to be competitive.”