Kilian Jornet – 2011 TNF UTMB Champion Interview

Ultra-Trail du Mont-BlancKilian Jornet is an amazing athlete and an amazing person. When he runs, he does so with passion, pleasure, humility, and grace. He’s someone for the average trail runner to look up to, as the elites of the sport already do. In the day since Kilian’s third victory at The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, many have joked regarding whether Kilian can be beat. When posed this question, Kilian responded he can be and has been beaten. To the rest of us, it just seems like he can’t be.

In the following interview Kilian shares the story of his victory; how sharing the trails with his Salomon teammates Iker Carrera and Miguel Heras as well as The North Face’s Sebastian Chaigneau was a pleasure; and what he’s up to next.

There are 12 comments

  1. Brett

    Anybody can be beaten on any given day. Geoff Roes, Kilian, Matt Carpenter, Dave Mackey, Karl Meltzer, Tony Krupicka – its the beautiful thing about running. Showing up to the toe the line thinking someone else is invincible will probably be a self-fulfilling profecy.

    Its amazing to think that Kilian could be a 10 time UTMB champion at some point.

  2. Dean

    What a great guy. A lot of times, you will hear someone thanking the fans and their fellow competitors out of habit, but not Kilian. I believed every word he said. And that is even more impressive than the fact that he probably could have ran that race 90 minutes faster than he did.

    P.S. – found it interesting that he said Mont Blanc had a deep-soul.

    1. Mark

      "found it interesting that he said Mont Blanc had a deep-soul."

      Exactly, At such a tender age Killian is the quintessential mountain runner. He embodies the spirit of the mountain and because of this he feels and draws strength from her ever changing spirit. The mountians spirit runs deep but his runs deeper. What a hell of a guy…

  3. lisa

    Good interview Bryon- you look great! Kilian is a young man with an old soul. That makes him so appealing. I feel happy for him- he is doing what he enjoys in life and he really does capture the true essence of running.

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