14: Olivier Bernhard - Former Pro Triathlete and Co-Founder of On Running
By Peter Brees, endurance Junkie
Olivier Bernhard's spectacular 15-year career was highlighted by 4 Ironman Switzerland wins, three duathlon world championship titles and a 5th at Ironman Hawaii in 1999. But, as with many runners, pain in his Achilles tendons forced him to retire. After retiring from professional competition, Olivier devoted himself to finding a running shoe that would give him the perfect running sensation. In doing so he crossed paths with a like-minded Swiss engineer who had an idea for a new kind of running shoe. And it was this ideal symbiosis of running experience and engineering expertise that became On. In this interview we talk about:- His sporting background and his career as a pro triathlete.- The story behind On running shoes and Cloudtec.- Foot strike and shock absorption.- How to choose the right running shoe.- His 4 factors that are responsible for success in sport and life.