How BAD Do You Want To Win?

I’ve been watching quite a bit of Kilian Jornet, the young trail runner – ultrarunner from Spain. His talent is ridiculous. He has set records for climbing many of the top mountain peaks in the world. He is 25 years old. Today I was watching a race up and down the Dolomites in Italy. Kilian was neck and neck with this guy for most of the race. I’ve never seen mountain race this close. It came down to the final sprint.

The entire race up the Dolomites video below is inspiring, but if you just want to see the guts of it – fast forward to 2:49 and watch until the end of the race. Amazing. Kilian puts on the afterburners and Usain Bolt couldn’t have beat him in that sprint.

He wanted it THAT BAD.

How Bad Do You Want To Win?

Check out my review of Kilian’s book – RUN OR DIE – here.

Some of Kilian’s race results over the past few years (Source – Wikipedia):

2005 (at 17 years old):
1st, and 2. in the combined ranking at the “Cuita al Sol” race (in Catalonia)
1st, and course record, Dôme de Neige des Écrins (in France)
2nd, “Cross Vertical”, in Andorra
2nd, Prueba de Copa de España“ race, Buff-Salomon Vallnord

2006 (at 18 years old):
1st International Championship team race, SkyGames (FSA)
1st, French Championships of Mountainrunning, “junior” class race, FFA
6th, World Championship of Skyrunning

2007:
Champion of the year and four times 1st, Skyrunner World Series
1st, Mount Ontake Skyrace (in Japan)
2nd, Orobie Skyrace team race (in Italy) together with Jordi Martin Pascual and Xavier Zapater Bargue

2008:
Champion of the year and three times 1st, Skyrunner World Series
1st, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc 166 km and 9400m of positive height gain across France, Italy and Switzerland

2009:
Champion, Skyrunner World Series
1st, 23rd Mt. Kinabalu Climbathon (in Borneo – Malaysia)
1st, Ultra Trail Andorra
1st, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

2010:
3rd, Western States Endurance Run
1st, Sierre-Zinal “La course des cinq 4000” 31 km (in Switzerland)
World Record, Mount Kilimanjaro Ascent and combined Ascent/Descent (5:23:50, 7:14:00)
1st, Grand Raid de la Réunion

2011:
1st, The North Face 100, Blue Mountains, Australia. Course Record
1st, Western States Endurance Run
1st, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc 166 km and 9400m of positive height gain across France, Italy and Switzerland

2012:
1st, 26th Mt. Kinabalu Climbathon (in Borneo – Malaysia)(2:11:45)
1st, Pikes Peak Marathon, Colorado, USA.
1st, Grand Raid de la Réunion

2013:
1st, Transvulcania, Spain

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