This year Laura had the pleasure of coaching Susan to dual AG World Champion titles at the 70.3 and Ironman distances. Susan competes in the 70-74 AG and she is an example to all of the power of belief. The following is a lovely note from her husband, written to Laura after 2011 Ironman World Championships:
Hi Laura; Here is a really great picture from last night of two really special and beautiful people.
You two are amazing and inspiring ladies and as such are nothing short of icons to be held at the highest level in the athletic world. As I mentioned at the Awards dinner last night, it is one thing to go out on the Ironman course as you did Saturday and literally blow away the competition with a phenomenal performance on a hot and windy day, but is quite another thing to be able to bestow and share your athletic knowledge and talents on another athlete. With your mentoring you convinced Susan to believe in herself and empowered her to achieve what she formerly thought unachievable. Your coaching ability is an even greater talent than your amazing athletic achievements. You helped shape and mold another person and as a result created a new World Champion; in my opinion, an even greater gift than your athletic talent.
Wow and thank you!! Steve