Laurel & Rebeccah Wassner: an even match.

Laurel and Rebeccah Wassner: an even match.

Triathlon is a very important element in the life of the identical twin sisters.
  • Laurel and Rebeccah Wassner: an even match.

  • Pure love of life.

    Triathlon is a very important element in the life of the identical twin sisters and professional athletes Laurel and Rebeccah Wassner.

    The trio of competitive biking, swimming, and running is a natural extension for their love of life, sisterhood, and sport itself.

    Laurel & Rebeccah Wassner: an even match.

    A long story.

    Laurel and Rebeccah Wassner have been participating in organized sports together since they were five years old. What began with basketball, softball, and tennis quickly evolved into a passion for swimming, running, and, later, biking — the athletic trifecta that would define the pace of their lives for the next thirty years.

    Now 38, and full-time professional triathletes, the sisters compete in races worldwide, sometimes together, sometimes apart, and winning awards at usually every juncture.

    Laurel & Rebeccah Wassner: an even match.
    Laurel & Rebeccah Wassner: an even match.

    Together strong.

    And yet this almost never came to pass. At 23, Laurel was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer, which shelved her budding triathlete career for nearly five years, as she endured chemotherapy and a gruelling recovery. During that time, her biggest inspiration was witnessing Rebeccah bud into a triathlete herself. Despite the latter’s head start, the sisters are once again an even match — a pairing that was on full display as they went head to head in the New York City Triathlon this August.

     

    With twin identities fused from competition, adversity, and a love of life through sports, whomever wins between the two of them is less important than how they got there together and where they’ll go to next.

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