Dr. Sharon L. Svensson 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. 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.
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. Now based in San Francisco where she started flying with PanAm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_American_World_Airways ), she now flies to destinations such as Honolulu, Palau, Saipan and Tokyo...somebody has to do it. 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 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. 2014 marks Tony's 32nd consecutive year in Kona.
Tony and Eric Lars Bakke have photographed the Ironman World Championship for many years and are better known as Bakke-Svensson/Ironman for those efforts. In recent years, they have been amply assisted by camera, computer and web phenom Ben Hays of Colorado.
A photographer and publisher in his spare time, he recently finished a 5 1/2 year assignment for His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf as the Executive Director of Invest Sweden based in New York City. He has been a Silicon Valley high technology executive for many years and is now back within earshot of Stanford, Hewlett-Packard and PARC in Palo Alto.
Kayleigh Kalona Millan Svensson is the daughter of Sharon and Tony. Now age 17, she is a junior and Captain of the swim team at Palo Alto High School (http://www.paly.net/ ). She has been swimming on the Paly varsity team since her freshman year. The rest of the year, she swims for PASA (Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics) SCRA site. The backstroke and longer-distance freestyle events are her favorites.
In recent years, she has been seen way out on the Ironman swim course in Kailua Bay showboating some 400 to 500 m fly and asking dad to keep up. He couldn't.
She recently acquired a graphite racing bike. We have no clue where this might lead, but remain — despite her blonde appearance, inherited from her father — cautiously optimistic that she'll wisely balance academics with athletics. So far, so good: swim times are dropping, the GPA is not.