Triathlon and Ironman Hall of Fame athlete, 4-time World Champion, Multiple Ironman Hawaii champion, voted World’s Fittest Athlete by ESPN, and author of a New York Times bestseller.
Considered the best endurance athlete of his generation, Forbes Magazine noted McCormack as the catalyst for exponential growth in endurance sport.
His approved biography I’m Here To Win released by publishing house Hachette in 2011 was published in seven languages and became a New York Times Best Seller in sports autobiographies.
Macca rose through the ranks as a winner and fan favorite with his trademark mix of quick wit, piercing intelligence, and the athletic ability to deliver wins. He owns one of the best athletic winning percentage statistics in modern sport (76%) and landed on the podium 89% of the time, a testament to his discipline and race-day execution.
Having won world titles in every decade from 1990 until today, winning the prestigious Athlete of the Year from Competitor Magazine a record five times, and capturing every major title in the sport, ESPN crowned him “The World’s Fittest Man” in 2012.
After 20 years in one of the longest professional racing careers in the sport, McCormack retired in 2013 after successfully winning his fourth world championship, becoming the oldest to do so.
McCormack, then the Australian Junior Triathlon Champion, placed 4th in the World Junior Triathlon Championships in Manchester, England.
Immediately picked up for a professional racing contract in France, McCormack dominated his first season in Europe as a 19-year-old, establishing himself as a rising talent.
In his debut professional racing season, McCormack finished the season ranked number 4 in the world after an incredible debut win in his first World Cup race in Drummondville, Canada and gaining three other podiums.
McCormack became the first man in history to ever win the ITU World Championships, the ITU World Cup series and be ranked number 1 in the World in a single season. He would be ranked ITU World number 1 for more than 26 months in total.
Starting the new year as World Champion, McCormack opted to travel across to the USA to race in the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon.
McCormack roared through the year's early racing, extending his number 1 World ranking going into the Olympic countdown.
However, the tragic death of his mother in April saw McCormack sit most of the season out and return to racing only in September.
McCormack began a race-winning rampage that would span across years and rubbed salt into the wounds of his critics by recapturing the World #1 ranking.
Having been controversially left off the Australian Olympic Team, McCormack went on to capture 11 race wins from 11 starts that season.
After recording an unprecedented streak of 35 consecutive race wins - the longest in the history of the sport - McCormack was finally beaten in a finish line sprint after a hotly contested race at Challenge Roth, Europe’s biggest triathlon.
McCormack roared back after his loss to win Challenge Roth, clocking a 7:56 time over the ironman distance to become the first non-European to break eight hours. He would go on to claim three more sub-8 hour finishes and become the first athlete to do so on two different courses.
What made McCormack's 2005 season remarkable was his range and volume of racing across all distances. He would finish 6th in Kona running the fastest marathon of the day (2:44:47) then three weeks later enter the Noosa Triathlon, the most important short course race on the calendar outside of the world championships.
McCormack would have one of the sport's greatest battles in Kona, missing the world title by 71 seconds in a war with German two-time world champion Norman Stadler.
McCormack, the runner-up, vowed to win in 2007, or retire from the sport.
McCormack overcame years of frustration and blow-ups at the Ironman World Championship to finally make good on his words spoken as a cocky newcomer to Kona in 2002: “I’m here to win.”
Macca set the course record in a sub-8 hour performance to win the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt, making him a threat for a world title defense.
He also established what would become the MaccaNOW Foundation in memory of his mother.
McCormack committed to a heavy European racing focus off the back of a very short training camp and training camp in Asia.
Then, taking his post-Kona form through the end of the season, Macca would capture title after title around the world.
The race between McCormack and Andreas Raelert mirrored the legendary “Iron War” between Mark Allen and Dave Scott.
Retiring from Ironman racing, McCormack was approached by his national federation for the London Olympics.
Despite an almost impossible task of accruing qualification points to become eligible for Olympic racing, McCormack decided to pursue this dream.
McCormack won his fourth world title in Vittoria, Spain, becoming the oldest world champion in triathlon history at the age of 39.
“Great things happen to people who make great things happen.”