Professional Triathlete

Dede Griesbauer is a former NCAA Champion swimmer from Stanford University and US National Team Member. In 2005, Dede started her career as a Professional Triathlete. She is a 3-time Ironman Champion, a 70.3 Champion, and the 12-hour Time Trial World Champion. She represents the Big Sexy Racing team and lives in Boulder, CO with her husband Dave and yellow labs, Piper and Charley.
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NCAA

10 TIME ALL-AMERICAN
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WORLD CHAMP

12 HOUR TIME TRIAL
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IRONMAN

3 TIME CHAMPION

Designing Dede G's Preppy Whale Kit

Inspired by her "East Coast Preppy" roots and representative of her relentless pursuit of perfection in the sport of triathlon, check out Own Way's latest collaboration with 3x Ironman and the reigning 12 Hour Time Trial World Champion, Dede Griesbauer.

PERSISTENCE. DETERMINATION. LOVE THE JOURNEY.

Dede Trimble Griesbauer was raised in Short Hills, NJ. She attended high school in Wallingford, Connecticut at Choate Rosemary Hall. While at Choate, Dede set pool, school, New England, and National Prep School records in the backstroke and individual medley events.

1970

Dede Trimble Griesbauer was raised in Short Hills, NJ. She attended high school in Wallingford, Connecticut at Choate Rosemary Hall. While at Choate, Dede set pool, school, New England, and National Prep School records in the backstroke and individual medley events.

Dede went on to swim at Stanford University, accumulating some 10 NCAA All-American honors. As captain, she led the 1992 team to an NCAA Championship. Individually, Dede represented the United States as part of the USA Swimming National Team between 1989 and 1994. She was a gold medalist at the 1989 Pan Pacific Championships and at the 1991 Pan American Games in the 200 meter backstroke. She swam in two Olympic Trials events both in 1988 and 1992. In '92, she placed 5th in the 200 meter backstroke, just barely missing the Barcelona Games team.

1992

Dede went on to swim at Stanford University, accumulating some 10 NCAA All-American honors. As captain, she led the 1992 team to an NCAA Championship. Individually, Dede represented the United States as part of the USA Swimming National Team between 1989 and 1994. She was a gold medalist at the 1989 Pan Pacific Championships and at the 1991 Pan American Games in the 200 meter backstroke. She swam in two Olympic Trials events both in 1988 and 1992. In '92, she placed 5th in the 200 meter backstroke, just barely missing the Barcelona Games team.

Dede retired from her career in swimming in 1994 and returned to school where she earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She worked on Wall Street for eight years as an equity trader. Her last role was a vice president at MFS Investment Management in Boston, MA.

1994

Dede retired from her career in swimming in 1994 and returned to school where she earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She worked on Wall Street for eight years as an equity trader. Her last role was a vice president at MFS Investment Management in Boston, MA.

In March 2005, Dede decided to set aside her Wall Street career and return to a career in sports after just two years of participating in triathlon. As an amateur, Dede was the top amateur finisher in every event she competed in during the 2004 race season.

2005

In March 2005, Dede decided to set aside her Wall Street career and return to a career in sports after just two years of participating in triathlon. As an amateur, Dede was the top amateur finisher in every event she competed in during the 2004 race season.

Highlights from her career as a professional triathlete include three Ironman wins.  The first came in 2006, in only her second year as a pro.

2006

Highlights from her career as a professional triathlete include three Ironman wins. The first came in 2006, in only her second year as a pro.

Dede won Ironman UK, setting a new course record in the process. Her second win came in 2009 at Ironman Brazil; a race she has placed second in on two other occasions.

2009

Dede won Ironman UK, setting a new course record in the process. Her second win came in 2009 at Ironman Brazil; a race she has placed second in on two other occasions.

In 2015, at the age of 44, Dede became one of the fastest over 40, posting a 9 hour 20 minute time to take the win at Ironman Taiwan.

2015

In 2015, at the age of 44, Dede became one of the fastest over 40, posting a 9 hour 20 minute time to take the win at Ironman Taiwan.

Dede is the 2016 12-hour Time Trial World Champion, pedaling 258 miles in 12 hours.

2016

Dede is the 2016 12-hour Time Trial World Champion, pedaling 258 miles in 12 hours.

Dede joins Own Way Apparel and at the age of 47, she continues to compete at the highest level, scoring 2 podium finishes at 70.3 races and a 4th place at Ironman Argentina.

Dede lives in Boulder, CO with her husband, Dave and yellow labradors, Piper and Charley

2016

Dede joins Own Way Apparel and at the age of 47, she continues to compete at the highest level, scoring 2 podium finishes at 70.3 races and a 4th place at Ironman Argentina.

Dede lives in Boulder, CO with her husband, Dave and yellow labradors, Piper and Charley

Chris McDonald

Founder
"Having Dede on our team of athletes is incredible on many levels. She is not only an IM Champion but she is an incredible ambassador for the sport of Triathlon and shares our vision of helping athletes and growing the sport of Triathlon from the youth level upwards. We both want to leave the sport better than we found it."

Dede Griesbauer

Professional Triathlete
"This will be my 3rd season with Own Way. The quality is second to none and each time I think they've produced the best looking kit they possibly could for me, the designs just keep getting better and better. I love the process with Own Way. I love the product. I love the people."

DEDE G

The Preppy Whale

Limited time Own Way Original designed in collaboration between Chris McDonald and Dede Griesbauer and inspired by the kit worn by Dede to secure her World Championship in the 12 hour Time Trial Challenge.

  • Race and club sizing
  • Finest Italian fabrics
  • Designed by professional athletes
  • Free designs
  • ZERO minimums

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