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Desiree Ficker (the EMT Sexiest Triathlete of 2008) retires from triathlon

Posted Dec 27 2011 11:35am

6a00d83451b18a69e20133ed8068ac970b-500wi 35-year-old Desiree Ficker has officially hung up her cycling shoes and swimming googles in favor of her running shoes.

The 2006 Hawaii Ironman World Championship second place finisher began her triathlon career in 1999. In her first year as a triathlete she qualified for Kona and her triathlon career was launched.

But running has always been Ficker's strength and love.

"My first love has always been running,” said Ficker who in 2008 was named by our readers as the Sexiest Triathlete of the Year .

"I began running at a very young age and I really want to see how fast I can get if I gave it my full attention. And I simply couldn’t do that if I was still training for the triathlon," she added.

According to :

"Always a strong runner, Ficker qualified for the 2008 US Olympic Marathon Trials by running 2:40:28 at the ’07 Austin Marathon in only her second open marathon, just three weeks after PR’ed in the 3M Half in 1:14:07. But in Boston at the Olympic Trials, she finished a disappointing 79th in 2:48:11.

Ficker’s greatest open marathon came in 2009 at New York City where she ran 2:39:30 and was the second American woman in the race.

That race and a growing disenchantment with the hard training for the triathlon (and the toll it has taken on her) has led to this decision to quit the triathlon."

“I’m excited by this,” said Ficker. “I know I can become a better runner. We’ll see just have to see how much better.”

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