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Dr. Sharon L. Svensson

Dr. Sharon L. Svensson

Sharon has finished over 20 marathons and ultramarathons, with sub-2:50 marathons to her credit. She is a two-time age group winner and a five-time finisher of the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona-Hawaii, having always placed in the top ten in her age group. She has repeatedly gained All-American status as a runner and a triathlete.

In April 2018, while running the 122nd Boston Marathon under brutal conditions, she was briefly joined by a group of Wellesley swimmers, including her daughter, as she passed the college. She completed the race and cannot wait to do this again.

She is also a "Svensk Klassiker" Swedish Classic) having finished the 3 km Vansbro swim, the 30 km Lidingö Run, the 90 km Vasaloppet cross-country ski race and the 300 km Vätternrundan bike race, within the stipulated twelve months.

Her most recent age group win was in October 2019 at the PATH 10 km run, a race in blistering heat and high humidity along the IRONMAN run course in Kona, Hawaii.

Sharon has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West. She is also an Esalen trained massage therapist, a coach for local athletes and a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. Most recently based in San Francisco where she started flying with PanAm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_American_World_Airways ), she has flown to destinations literally across the globe...and in 2020 retired after 47 years of flying. She is a popular motivational speaker and writes on sports, health and fitness topics for publications in Europe and the United States.

Tony "B" Svensson

Tony B Svensson

Tony "B" fell into triathlons. In the October 1982 Hawaii Ironman, he watched on TV, transfixed, Julie Leach's eyes roll up into her head on the run and reacted, without thinking: "I gotta do this."

Born in Göteborg, Sweden, he graduated from Hvitfeldtska and served in the military as an airborne ranger ("fallskärmsjägare") with Winter training by the Arctic Circle. With an MSCE from Chalmers Tekniska Högskola and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business as a fellow, he completed six consecutive Hawaii Ironman races in 1983 to 1988 and has finished in the top 100 in Kona. He was a member of the Swedish National Triathlon Team for several years with a best finish of sixth in the Team World Championship, also in Kona. 2022 is his 38th consecutive year in Kona (in 2020 and 2021 there were no races in Kona).

Tony and Eric Lars Bakke have photographed the IRONMAN World Championship for many years. They have been amply assisted by camera-computer-web phenom Ben Hays of Berkeley, CA. Tony also shoots the NCAA championships and the NFL, including Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl. At the 2019 Phillips 66 USA Nationals in swimming at Stanford he tore his right meniscus. Who said photography doesn't have its risks?

A photographer and publisher in his spare time, he spent nearly six years on assignment for His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf as the Executive Director of Invest Sweden based in New York City, and wrapped it up with Facebook's data center investment in Luleå. For many years, a Silicon Valley high technology executive, he has moved back within earshot of Stanford, Hewlett-Packard, Varian and PARC in Palo Alto and consulted for high tech companies until retirement in 2020.

Kayleigh Svensson

Kayleigh Svensson

Kayleigh is the daughter of Sharon and Tony. Now age 24, she was a scholar-athlete and a Team Captain at Wellesley College, an institution of higher learning, known for its rigourous academic standard. Wellesley is also located at the exact half-way point of the Boston Marathon.

While at Paly (Palo Alto High School) she was a captain of the swim team, a multiple CCS and California State Champion. The backstroke and freestyle events were her favorites.

As a dual citizen, she also swam for Stockholmspolisens IF, and finalled in the 200 back at the Swedish Youth National Championship.
For many years, her home club was PASA (Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics) and more recently Alto Swim Club.

In the summer of 2017, she finished her first sprint triathlon (image attached). In the summer of 2018 and to complement her marine biology major, she did coral reef research and acquired an advanced diver certification on a Wallacea Grant in Bau-Bau, Indonesia. In the summer of 2019, she returned to Indonesia to continue that work at Hoga Marine Research Station, Wakatobi Marine National Park.

She is now pursuing a Masters at the University of Miami Rosenstiel, currently researching global change impacts on mangrove ecosystems and potential remedies.