Canadian-born American Skye Moench has put her career as a top triathlon accountant on hold. Her many triumphs suggest that she made a fine calculation. Here’s his story so far…
Who is Skye Moench?
Although relatively late in the professional ranks, Skye Moench was introduced to triathlon when she was 20 years old. It’s just that at that time, hoarding the necessary equipment for training and competition was beyond his means.
Instead, she was working several part-time jobs to put herself through college — specifically, Brigham Young University in Utah and her number one accounting degree.
After graduating, a job in high finance at Ernst & Young paid for Moench’s place in the sport, but didn’t allow him enough time to develop and progress as a triathlete.
She went part-time in 2015 and that season showed enough talent (she was undefeated as an amateur at 70.3 distance that year) to convince her to turn pro in 2016. And she never looked back.
Her first podium didn’t come until 2018, when she met Australian coach Cam Watt, whom Moench credits for accelerating her career.
Since then it has been a string of victories, both over the 70.3 and Ironman distances, fueled by some amazing bike stages.
The first two wins came in the summer of 2019; a dramatic win at the Ironman European Championships in Germany (where leader Sarah True crashed excruciatingly close to the boards) was quickly followed by a 70.3 gold in Boulder.
But then disaster struck in 2019. On her way to her first Kona in the strongest shape, a serious bicycle accident while descending a canyon ended her season.
But this most determined triathlete bounced back as fast as her body allowed, determined to add more wins and podium finishes to her ever-growing list of accomplishments. At 33, there is still plenty of time to add more.
How old is Skye Moench?
Skye Moench was born on October 2, 1988, which makes her 33 years old.
Skye Moench Career Highlights
June 2016: The impressive rookie season is promising
In her first season as a professional, Moench finished in the top five at the Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, a position she repeated at the Ironman 70.3 Timberman race in New Hampshire in August.
June 2018: first appearance on the podium
After the 2017 season brought Moench numerous top-10 finishes but no podium (the highest she finished was fourth on her return to Coeur d’Alene), the American claimed her first top three with a third place at Ironman 70.3 Switzerland. Only the exemplary Swiss pair of Daniel Ryf and Imogen Simmonds go faster.
July 2018: Moench on a Swiss roll
Returning to Switzerland a month later, Moench did better at Ironman distance, finishing second and clocking a personal best time of 9:14:36. His most successful season to date is further enhanced by another podium appearance, this time at Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz.
June 2019: A first victory in a pro career – three years of waiting…
If 2018 confirmed that Moench was a candidate for the highest level, the following year is when she really takes over. After a pair of 70.3 silver medals in Chattanooga and Switzerland, Moench heads to Frankfurt for the European Championships at Ironman Germany.
In a dramatic race that took place in sweltering temperatures, race leader Sarah true crumbles in the final kilometer and second-placed Moench earns that first triumph, posting the fastest split times on both the bike and the race.
August 2019: Boulder Bike Shine
Five weeks after her glory in Germany, Moench returns to 70.3 to take her second professional victory in Boulder, set up by a bike stage that is almost eight minutes faster than that of her nearest rival.
April 2021: Ride to Glory in The Woodlands
After the 2020 season was heavily extended by the pandemic, Moench came out of the blocks at full throttle the following season, earning an early victory at Ironman 70.3 Texas. Again, the base is an exemplary bicycle division.
September 2021: Triumph of the Titanic in Tennessee
Although she missed out on a medal at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in mid-September, Moench found her way back to victory a week later when she claimed the Ironman Chattanooga crown for the first time. His margin of victory is over 26 minutes.
May 2022: near miss at the world championships
At the rescheduled 2021 Ironman World Championships in St George, Utah, Moench finishes just off the podiumfourth behind Ryf, Kat Matthews and Anne Haug. Any disappointment dissolves the following month with gold at Ironman Des Moines.
Skye Moench in quotes
On the race of his first Ironman in 2016 in Arizona: “I remember the last 10 miles. Running was so painful and every step seemed impossible because my quadriceps were completely knocked out.
On suspending his career in sports finance: “I quit my high-paying job as an accountant to do professional triathlon because I thought I could be good. There were obstacles and challenges, but I didn’t back down.
Missing a first Kona appearance after a serious bike accident in September 2019: “Some people were surprised at how well I took it mentally, but I was like, ‘What else am I going to do? I can’t do Kona. take care of it.
What’s next for Skye Moench?
Continuing to split reasonably between 70.3 and Ironman ensures Moench doubles his chance of a world crown. And with her undoubted superiority on two wheels, it would be a brave person to bet against the American crowning at some point in the next few years.
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