Karen Smyers has competed as a professional triathlete for 30 years.  In her lengthy career, she has won seven National and four World Championship titles, including a dramatic come-from-behind victory in the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships in 1995.  Her victory at the short-course ITU Triathlon World Championship just 5 weeks later still earns her the distinction of being the only woman ever to win triathlon’s two most prestigious races in the same year.

In this episode, we hear Karen describe what the calls, ‘character building’ moments, including how she approached thyroid cancer in the midst of of preparing for the 2000 Olympics.

Other obstacles included a torn hamstring, being hit by a 18-wheeler, and a broken collar bone.  Regardless of the obstacle, Karen was able to stay focused on and win the Pro National Ironman Championship.

At 42 and post thyroid cancer, Karen gave birth to her second child. 

Listen to this episode and you will be inspired by Karen’s determination, perseverance, and approach to living life to the fullest.  And, in some cases pushing boundaries and achieving what some would say not possible. 

Currently, Karen shares her experience, optimism, and passion for racing as a coach, motivational speaker and co-director of the Lincoln Kids Triathlon. She is a 1983 graduate of Princeton University and lives in Lincoln, MA with daughter Jenna, son Casey, and husband and frequent training partner Michael King.

Contact: 11 Giles Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773   mkandks@comcast.net  www.karensmyers.com

Listen to Doctor Thyroid here!