American triathlete Lauren Goss has been a regular on middle-distance podiums ever since her professional debut in 2014.
The now 32-year-old picked up five medals in her breakthrough year, including an exceptional victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse.
Fast forward five years to 2019 and Goss would be crossing the line first in Monterrey to pick her 11th victory in the discipline.
She was introduced to triathlon in college and quickly fell in love with the sport, obsessing over improving herself and beating personal bests. A constant quest to do better.
Goss was a competitive swimmer growing up and has always been a keen runner, but admits she finds the longer bike stint in triathlon rather tedious.
In her senior year at Clemson University, while studying for a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, she placed in the top five at the Collegiate National Championships and officially earned her pro license.
That same year, she was also named the 2010 Under-23 Athlete of the Year by USA Triathlon, marking the beginning of a rapid rise to stardom within the sport.
Nowadays Goss trains with fellow triathlete Kevin Collington, and can often be found preparing for events in Boulder. The triathlon stronghold in Colorado is her favourite training location.
When it comes to competitive racing, she named the ‘Escape From Alcatraz’ triathlon as the best event she’s ever been involved in.
Goss cuts a composed figure on race day - she treats competitions as if they are ordinary training sessions, and lives by the mantra ‘less is more’.
Away from triathlon, she is family-orientated and loves to spend her downtime near her home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
When she isn't sticking to a strict diet plan for an upcoming event, Goss confesses she is partial to Thai cuisine.