Earlier this year we celebrated the amazing accomplishments of Sister Madonna Buder in our story on “the 11 most influential women in triathlon history.” Today she turns 90.
Here’s how we described the record-breaking American nun in that story:
The oldest woman to ever finish an Ironman (Buder was 82 when she finished Ironman Canada in 2012), Buder continues to set new age standards for the sport. Her numerous features on the NBC coverage of the Ironman World Championship served as inspiration for thousands of age group athletes over the years. At 75 she was the oldest to ever finish an Ironman race, and managed that same feat seven years later. At 89, the oldest competitor in the race, Buder finisher third last year at the USA Triathlon national championships in the 85+ category.
Guess who turns 90 today?! 🥳
Help us wish Sister Madonna — aka the “Iron Nun” — a happy birthday! 🎉 90-years-young and still inspiring us every day. Thanks for showing everyone that triathlon is a sport you can enjoy for life! 💪 #AgeIsJustANumber #HappyBirthday #Triathlon pic.twitter.com/KwPpeigLHs
— USA Triathlon (@usatriathlon) July 24, 2020
You can learn more about Sister Madonna Buder in this video: