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CENTER STREET TO PUBLISH CHRISSIE WELLINGTON, THE WORLD’S #1 FEMALE IRONMAN ATHLETE

(New York, NY) September 19, 2011 - Hachette Book Group announced today that it will publish A Life Without Limits by the world’s number one female ironman athlete Chrissie Wellington. The book is scheduled for publication in May 2012 in the Center Street imprint.

Since she began racing in 2006, Chrissie Wellington has placed first in twenty-nine of the thirty-seven races she has entered. She is a triple World Ironman Champion, ITU World Long Course Champion, World Age Group Champion and multiple World Record holder. She is currently undefeated in ironman races– winning 12 out of 12. The ironman distance triathlon comprises a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. Chrissie’s victories include:

  • ITU Age Group World Championships in 2006
  • Ironman Korea in 2007
  • ITU World Long Course Championships in 2008
  • Ironman Australia in 2008 and 2009
  • Challenge Roth (ironman distance) in 2009, 2010 and 2011 (where she set the world record of 8.18.32)
  • Ironman European Championships in 2008
  • Ironman World Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • Ironman Arizona in 2010
  • Ironman South Africa in 2011

Despite Chrissie’s domination in her sport, she never imagined herself as a professional athlete. After obtaining her Undergraduate and Masters degrees, and spending two years travelling round the world, Chrissie worked for the UK Government as an advisor on international environment and development policy. Having always had a passion for development work, in 2006 she took a sabbatical from her civil service career to live and work in Nepal. It was here that Chrissie also discovered her natural gift for endurance sport – which included a 1200km cycle trip across the Himalayas. She returned to the UK in 2006, determined to take up the triathlon challenge and, to her surprise, managed to win the World Amateur Championships only 4 months later.

In 2007, aged thirty, Chrissie began racing professionally. She took the triathlon world by storm by becoming World Ironman Champion that same year – which has been described as "a remarkable feat, deemed to be a near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships." She remains undefeated at the ironman distance.

She was named The Sunday Times (London) Sportswoman of the year in 2009. In 2010 she was appointed Member of the British Empire and given the Performance of the Year Award at the 2010 Endurance Sports Awards. She was named "Most Valuable Triathlete" in 2010 by Triathlon America. Chrissie remains passionate about development issues, and dedicates a considerable amount of time and energy as an ambassador for numerous charities. She is also a keen public speaker. She is sponsored by a number of brands including TYR, Cannondale, Brooks and Cytosport.

Part memoir, travel diary, and training guide, A Life Without Limits is Chrissie’s firsthand account of her unlikely rise to the top. In addition to her personal story, Chrissie shares training tips, stories and lessons from around the globe, and what it takes to be a champion in competitive sport.

The book was acquired by Center Street Publisher Rolf Zettersten and will be edited by Senior Editor Kate Hartson. Chrissie Wellington was represented by Jonathan Conway at Mulcahy Conway Associates, on behalf of Ben Mansford and Jonny McWilliams at Wasserman Media Group.

About Center Street:
Center Street publishes for the general market in a number of categories including Fiction, Self-Help, Inspiration, Business, Memoir, Current Affairs and Health & Fitness, and has published a number of bestselling titles including books by Ted Dekker, Karen Kingsbury, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and John Maxwell.

About Hachette Book Group:
Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Center Street, Orbit, and Hachette Digital.

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