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Skye Moench

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17
World Rank
4
National
69
Swim
12
Bike
19
Run
United States
Weight
59kg
Height
1.69m
Age
35
Born
1988
Swim
Deboer
Bike
Trek
 
Contract
Contract
SeasonContract
2024
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Biography

Skye Moench

Triathlon is a second career for Skye Moench, and thanks to hard work, tenacity and belief, she is making just as much of a success of it as her first.

Her first dream was to go to Brigham Young University, where the accounting major is one of the most highly-rated in the United States and incredibly competitive.

It is also an expensive one, but rather than take out a bunch of loans and rack up a big debt, Skye - who had done part-time jobs since she was 13 - concentrated on paying her way through college.

"Graduating 100% debt free with a bachelor's degree and master's degree is an accomplishment I am proud of, and it is something that's allowed me to do what I am doing now."

Skye then started working full-time at Ernst and Young, but by now there was an added time pressure to shoehorn into a busy schedule, triathlon.

She had enjoyed running when she was younger, and was introduced to the sport in the autumn of 2009.

But it was only after graduating that Skye was able to afford the road bike, wetsuit and other kit she needed. At that point she was working full-time and studying for her CPA exams, sometimes combined with a turbo session.

It would be five years before she would quit that job and turn pro, and the results since have been spectacular.

It was 2019 when she really made her mark, with a breakthrough first IRONMAN win on a dramatic day in Frankfurt, which she followed soon after with a maiden 70.3 success at Boulder.

But just when everything couldn't have been going better, and with a first visit to Kona beckoning, she suffered a shocking crash on the bike to further test her resolve.

Highs, and a low

That cycling accident came in September 2019, just weeks before what would have been a first visit to Hawaii for the World Championship.

Perhaps partly due to the fact she'd had a packed life before triathlon, and a clear sense of perspective, Skye was able to take what could have been a devastating setback in her stride.

She says: "Some people were surprised at how well I took it mentally, but I thought what else am I going to do? I can't do Kona; I just have to deal with it. I certainly had depressing moments, but you just have to do what you can, and I knew the time would pass."

Moench waited until 2015 to fully commit to triathlon, explaining: "that was when I went part-time at my accounting job and hired a coach”. And she won nearly every race as an amateur, including being unbeaten at the 70.3 distance.

It gave her the confidence to go all in, with the 2016 season being her first as a professional.

Skye’s first race was 70.3 Oceanside that April where she was 14th, and it was steady progress to begin with. She made the top 10 the following month at 70.3 St. George and then the top five at 70.3 Coeur d'Alene and 70.3 Timberman.

Her full IRONMAN debut came at the end of that first season at Arizona, which she describes as the worst she's ever felt in a race.

"I remember the last 10 miles. Running was just so painful, and every single step seemed impossible because my quad muscles were just completely shot."

It wasn't until 2018, when Moench first started to make the podium, that she began to feel she was fulfilling her potential.

Crucially she was now working with coach Cam Watt, having headed out to Australia in the US winter to train with his squad, which included Sarah Crowley. That proved a game-changer, as 2019 would underline.

A busy four-week spell from early May saw her go fourth (St. George), second (Chattanooga) and second (Switzerland) in three 70.3 events leading into IRONMAN Frankfurt.

But it was that day in Germany, in sweltering temperatures, where she took a giant leap.

It is a race widely remembered for Sarah True's collapse in the last mile of the run when she had what looked an unassailable lead. But that is a little unfair on Moench, who was the one who had put herself in position to be able to take advantage.

It was close between the pair of them, and Imogen Simmonds and Daniela Belymehl, at T2. Going into the four-lap run, the focus for Skye early on was getting as much liquid on board as possible.

When the last lap started, she was clear in second and more than seven minutes behind True. But, by her own admission, she was just delighted at the prospect of an American one-two with both set to book their Kona spots.

The agonising, last-gasp collapse by True, who thankfully quickly recovered that afternoon, meant Skye barely had time to process the fact that she was poised for her first win.

It put her name up in lights, but there was no basking in the glory as instead she added a first 70.3 victory in her very next race, some five weeks later at Boulder.

Skye now appeared in prime form for a first attempt at Kona, until misfortune struck with a devastating setback just the month before the trip to Hawaii.

"I had a really bad bike crash coming down a canyon I have climbed and descended many times,” Skye said at the time.

“No one is exempt from a crash, and I suppose my luck was up. I have no idea what happened and have little memory of any events in the few hours following the crash.

"I've had time to come to terms with the fact that I won't be racing at Kona, which has brought me to tears many times, but I am so grateful to be okay and to know that I will heal up and be able to race another day."

Never back down

The road to recovery was a tough one for Moench, but one she has now come through.

She says: "Of course in my head, I was thinking 'well there's Kona 2020 to look forward to’.

"But the difference with Coronavirus as opposed to being injured is that we're all in this together. It's not like you're watching other people race."

Skye's work ethic has again stood her in good stead, concentrating on what matters and what needs to be done at any given time.

When asked what drives her, she explains: "Believing that I can do or become whatever I want if I work hard enough. I'm proud that I have never compromised in trying to accomplish things that seem hard.

"I quit my well-paying accounting job to pursue professional triathlon because I thought I could be good. There have been obstacles and challenges, but I have not backed down."

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Current PTO World Ranking Points
17
Ironman Florida 2023
Bonus +5%
89.84
Ironman Hawaii 2023
88.48
Miami T100 2024
85.00
Sum / 3
87.77
Ranking History
#2#51#100#149#19820162017201820192020202120222023*20242016Overall46.08 pts#151Swim48.45 pts#196Bike66.05 pts#144Run51.62 pts#1642017Overall52.55 pts#128Swim52.78 pts#181Bike70.27 pts#129Run55.97 pts#1472018Overall83.40 pts#40Swim67.74 pts#97Bike97.18 pts#24Run70.50 pts#772019Overall100.26 pts#13Swim68.53 pts#84Bike105.15 pts#12Run86.79 pts#332020Overall101.13 pts#9Swim72.94 pts#52Bike105.15 pts#7Run88.27 pts#262021Overall101.78 pts#7Swim86.93 pts#38Bike95.77 pts#11Run90.07 pts#222022Overall98.93 pts#11Swim95.44 pts#35Bike90.47 pts#20Run93.70 pts#232023Overall87.54 pts#13Swim66.61 pts#66Bike89.34 pts#14Run85.03 pts#132024Overall87.77 pts#17Swim66.61 pts#69Bike90.78 pts#12Run87.01 pts#19

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Results

55 Races6
1
10
2
3
3

2024

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFT100 LogoPts
09 Mar
8
DiamondMiami T10029:521:55:401:08:103:36:10
85
91.53
14
85.0014
Swim29:52
Bike1:55:40
Run1:08:10

2023

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
04 Nov
1
SilverIronman Florida58:424:23:092:54:438:22:28
85.56
81.31
85.56
Swim58:42
Bike4:23:09
Run2:54:43
14 Oct
7
DiamondIronman Hawaii56:474:38:443:02:408:43:34
88.48
93.35
88.48
Swim56:47
Bike4:38:44
Run3:02:40
05 Aug
11
DiamondPTO US Open30:242:00:471:09:433:44:05
82.57
90.77
82.57
Swim30:24
Bike2:00:47
Run1:09:43
02 Jul
2
GoldIronman Frankfurt59:094:49:253:03:018:57:29
84.08
78.36
84.08
Swim59:09
Bike4:49:25
Run3:03:01
21 May
5
SilverIronman 70.3 Chattanooga28:352:20:551:23:024:16:07
71.29
83.37
71.29
Swim28:35
Bike2:20:55
Run1:23:02
06 May
2
GoldIronman 70.3 St. George28:032:21:331:24:254:17:41
84.29
78.33
84.29
Swim28:03
Bike2:21:33
Run1:24:25

2022

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
20 Nov
2
SilverIronman Arizona56:164:44:143:00:308:47:27
76.98
73.37
76.98
Swim56:16
Bike4:44:14
Run3:00:30
06 Oct
9
DiamondIronman Hawaii54:514:44:353:19:379:04:30
81.38
87.07
81.38
Swim54:51
Bike4:44:35
Run3:19:37
20 Aug
12
DiamondCollins Cup27:461:56:121:11:313:38:40
79.64
86.36
79.64
Swim27:46
Bike1:56:12
Run1:11:31
23 Jul
14
DiamondPTO Canadian Open29:571:58:211:10:043:40:30
77.64
82.8
77.64
Swim29:57
Bike1:58:21
Run1:10:04
12 Jun
1
GoldIronman Des Moines55:344:41:343:06:198:51:43
82.4
61.3
82.40
Swim55:34
Bike4:41:34
Run3:06:19
07 May
4
DiamondIronman St. George World Championships54:434:53:123:04:208:55:20
85.8
79.03
85.80
Swim54:43
Bike4:53:12
Run3:04:20
02 Apr
8
SilverIronman 70.3 Oceanside26:012:25:051:21:594:18:16
59.84
79.68
59.84
Swim26:01
Bike2:25:05
Run1:21:59

2021

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
06 Nov
2
Ironman Florida1:07:294:39:493:03:058:56:35
97.9645
08:54:57
97.96
Swim1:07:29
Bike4:39:49
Run3:03:05
26 Sep
1
Ironman Chattanooga44:324:44:023:01:108:34:06
106.294
08:39:00
106.29
Swim44:32
Bike4:44:02
Run3:01:10
18 Sep
6
Ironman 70.3 World Championship28:252:17:421:24:234:12:49
90.5507
04:09:17
90.55
Swim28:25
Bike2:17:42
Run1:24:23
28 Aug
12
Collins Cup30:251:56:591:09:053:40:39
80.3525
03:34:20
80.35
Swim30:25
Bike1:56:59
Run1:09:05
07 Aug
4
Ironman 70.3 Boulder28:532:12:461:25:284:09:42
79.1667
04:02:08
79.17
Swim28:53
Bike2:12:46
Run1:25:28
23 May
3
Ironman Tulsa53:384:53:032:56:568:47:44
101.072
08:48:35
101.07
Swim53:38
Bike4:53:03
Run2:56:56
01 May
5
Ironman 70.3 St. George26:152:19:471:23:444:14:23
91.9993
04:11:22
92.00
Swim26:15
Bike2:19:47
Run1:23:44
11 Apr
1
Ironman 70.3 Texas29:062:17:071:20:424:10:00
93.9908
04:07:46
93.99
Swim29:06
Bike2:17:07
Run1:20:42
12 Mar
5
Challenge Miami24:151:35:131:03:193:05:04
85.8991
03:01:14
85.90
Swim24:15
Bike1:35:13
Run1:03:19

2020

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
06 Dec
6
Challenge Daytona26:021:54:171:09:433:32:29
86.0121
03:28:07
86.01
Swim26:02
Bike1:54:17
Run1:09:43
07 Nov
2
Ironman Florida1:01:524:33:443:03:508:46:35
97.947
08:44:58
97.95
Swim1:01:52
Bike4:33:44
Run3:03:50
19 Sep
2
Bear Lake Brawl--:----:----:--4:13:54
60.5553
03:59:43
60.56
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--

2019

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
08 Sep
2
Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz26:512:16:541:21:244:10:23
95.3527
04:08:39
95.35
Swim26:51
Bike2:16:54
Run1:21:24
03 Aug
1
Ironman 70.3 Boulder28:442:11:201:26:104:09:42
101.554
04:10:17
101.55
Swim28:44
Bike2:11:20
Run1:26:10
30 Jun
1
Ironman Frankfurt57:324:58:393:14:019:15:31
103.878
09:18:46
103.88
Swim57:32
Bike4:58:39
Run3:14:01
02 Jun
2
Ironman 70.3 Switzerland26:362:22:281:22:324:15:39
86.2488
04:10:29
86.25
Swim26:36
Bike2:22:28
Run1:22:32
19 May
2
Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga25:322:20:141:22:284:15:13
84.4972
04:09:25
84.50
Swim25:32
Bike2:20:14
Run1:22:28
04 May
4
Ironman 70.3 St. George27:242:20:241:24:394:16:21
86.7834
04:11:22
86.78
Swim27:24
Bike2:20:24
Run1:24:39

2018

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
18 Nov
4
Ironman Arizona57:074:41:303:14:178:58:28
88.198
08:49:06
88.20
Swim57:07
Bike4:41:30
Run3:14:17
09 Sep
3
Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz25:552:18:341:25:264:15:07
79.53
04:07:31
79.53
Swim25:55
Bike2:18:34
Run1:25:26
29 Jul
2
Ironman Switzerland57:164:57:113:15:099:14:36
82.461
09:00:23
82.46
Swim57:16
Bike4:57:11
Run3:15:09
08 Jul
7
Ironman Frankfurt58:485:14:013:23:299:42:26
49.7815
09:01:38
49.78
Swim58:48
Bike5:14:01
Run3:23:29
10 Jun
3
Ironman 70.3 Switzerland27:222:23:491:24:034:19:05
75.3169
04:09:50
75.32
Swim27:22
Bike2:23:49
Run1:24:03
20 May
4
Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga22:422:23:351:27:304:18:18
62.5162
04:04:33
62.52
Swim22:42
Bike2:23:35
Run1:27:30
07 Apr
9
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside27:242:34:261:27:554:35:31
44.3789
04:14:18
44.38
Swim27:24
Bike2:34:26
Run1:27:55

2017

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
12 Nov
8
Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos--:----:----:--4:36:23
31.6046
04:10:40
31.60
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
24 Sep
10
Ironman Chattanooga45:135:16:504:43:1110:51:11
0
08:58:21
-
Swim45:13
Bike5:16:50
Run4:43:11
27 Aug
11
ITU Long Distance44:593:17:452:12:326:18:59
0
-
-
Swim44:59
Bike3:17:45
Run2:12:32
25 Jun
4
Ironman 70.3 Coeur d'Alene29:352:32:561:28:454:35:13
42.8885
04:13:30
42.89
Swim29:35
Bike2:32:56
Run1:28:45
04 Jun
5
Ironman 70.3 Raleigh28:592:26:471:32:034:31:35
46.9546
04:11:34
46.95
Swim28:59
Bike2:26:47
Run1:32:03
06 May
9
Ironman 70.3 St. George28:112:32:221:36:284:40:08
31.8425
04:14:09
31.84
Swim28:11
Bike2:32:22
Run1:36:28
01 Apr
11
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside29:052:36:161:29:424:41:26
31.4219
04:15:11
31.42
Swim29:05
Bike2:36:16
Run1:29:42
19 Mar
5
Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico28:362:23:281:30:504:27:53
59.8505
04:12:40
59.85
Swim28:36
Bike2:23:28
Run1:30:50

2016

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
20 Nov
11
Ironman Arizona1:00:154:58:013:24:069:27:07
40.8038
08:40:52
40.80
Swim1:00:15
Bike4:58:01
Run3:24:06
30 Oct
8
Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos30:562:34:181:30:384:39:00
42.7435
04:16:56
42.74
Swim30:56
Bike2:34:18
Run1:30:38
24 Sep
8
ITU Long Distance1:21:003:26:472:20:237:10:52
0
-
-
Swim1:21:00
Bike3:26:47
Run2:20:23
21 Aug
5
Ironman 70.3 Timberman28:282:27:161:30:214:29:20
50.8306
04:10:50
50.83
Swim28:28
Bike2:27:16
Run1:30:21
10 Jul
12
Ironman 70.3 Vineman30:312:30:391:29:254:34:19
37.1011
04:10:40
37.10
Swim30:31
Bike2:30:39
Run1:29:25
26 Jun
5
Ironman 70.3 Coeur d'Alene29:572:32:571:27:404:35:20
44.6702
04:14:14
44.67
Swim29:57
Bike2:32:57
Run1:27:40
07 May
10
Ironman 70.3 St. George31:152:36:211:31:214:43:16
30.7657
04:16:37
30.77
Swim31:15
Bike2:36:21
Run1:31:21
02 Apr
14
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside31:052:34:381:30:444:42:53
26.1344
04:14:40
26.13
Swim31:05
Bike2:34:38
Run1:30:44

Ranking per Season

Overall

Year
Points
Pos
2024
87
17
2023
87
13
2022
98
11
2021
101
7
2020
101
9
2019
100
13
2018
83
40
2017
52
128
2016
46
151

Swim

Year
Points
Pos
2024
66
69
2023
66
66
2022
95
35
2021
86
38
2020
72
52
2019
68
84
2018
67
97
2017
52
181
2016
48
196

Bike

Year
Points
Pos
2024
90
12
2023
89
14
2022
90
20
2021
95
11
2020
105
7
2019
105
12
2018
97
24
2017
70
129
2016
66
144

Run

Year
Points
Pos
2024
87
19
2023
85
13
2022
93
23
2021
90
22
2020
88
26
2019
86
33
2018
70
77
2017
55
147
2016
51
164
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