Jan Frodeno wins Laureus Award and opens up about his record triathlon career

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Jan Frodeno is the only man on earth to win both the Olympic gold medal for triathlon and the Ironman World Championship, but records don't really concern him.

"I got caught up on those kind of records so many times before and seemed to fail," Frodeno told AOL at the Laureus Sports for Good Jam. "Now that I don't care anymore and I've achieved it, it's like record books are something for the people to look at, and journalists to write about, but for me personally it's two completely separate events and I am really grateful – and I don't want to hand back any of them."

Handing back awards is one thing the 34-year-old athlete won't have to do. In fact, he scooped up another big accolade at the Laureus Awards in Berlin on Monday. Frodeno snagged the Action Sportsperson of the Year Award and ahead of the show he said he was "super stoked" to even be considered for the honor.

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ZELL AM SEE, AUSTRIA - AUGUST 30: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been processed using digital filters.) Jan Frodeno of Germany celebrates winning after competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship Zell am See Kaprun on August 30, 2015 in Zell am See, Austria. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for Ironman)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Ironman Jan Frodeno of Germany poses with his Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year trophy during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Ironman Jan Frodeno of Germany poses with his Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year trophy during the Laureus World Sports Awards 2016 on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Laureus Ambassador and Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award nominee Jan Frodeno with German Minister of Justice Heiko Maas at Brandenburg Gate on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Laureus via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Laureus Ambassador and Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award nominee Jan Frodeno poses at Brandenburg Gate on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Laureus via Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 29: Jan Frodeno of Germany races en route to winning the Men's IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai on January 29, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for Ironman)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 29: Jan Frodeno of Germany celebrates on the podium as Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid looks on after the Men's IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai on January 29, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for Ironman)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 29: Winners Daniela Ryf of Switzerland and Jan Frodeno of Germany pose on the podium after the IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai on January 29, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for Ironman)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 29: Jan Frodeno of Germany poses with his medal after winning the Men's IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai on January 29, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for Ironman)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 29: Jan Frodeno of Germany races en route to winning the Men's IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai on January 29, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for Ironman)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 29: Jan Frodeno of Germany races en route to winning the Men's IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai on January 29, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for Ironman)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 27: Jan Frodeno of Germnay speaks during a press conference ahead of the IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai race at the Jumeirah Hotel on January 27, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images for Ironman)
BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 20: Jan Frodeno is awarded as Athlete of the Year 2015 during the Sportler des Jahres 2015 (German Athlete of the Year) gala at Kurhaus Baden-Baden on December 20, 2015 in Baden-Baden, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 12: German triathlete Jan Frodeno on stage during the Bambi Awards 2015 show at Stage Theater on November 12, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
KAILUA KONA, HAWAII - OCTOBER 10: In this handout photograph provided by Ironman, Mens podium at the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro on October 10th 2015 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii: (l-r) Andreas Raelert (Germany/2.), Jan Frodeno (Germany/1.), Tim ODonnell (USA/3.) (Photo by Delly Carr/IRONMAN via Getty Images) IRONMAN Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run. IRONMAN is considered one of the most difficult endurance events in the world.
ZELL AM SEE, AUSTRIA - AUGUST 30: Jan Frodeno of Germany competes in the run section of Ironman 70.3 World Championship on August 30, 2015 in Zell am See, Austria. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for Ironman)
ZELL AM SEE, AUSTRIA - AUGUST 30: Jan Frodeno of Germany after winning the Ironman 70.3 World Championship Zell am See Kaprun on August 30, 2015 in Zell am See, Austria. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for Ironman)
ZELL AM SEE, AUSTRIA - AUGUST 30: Jan Frodeno of Germany celebrates winning after competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship Zell am See Kaprun on August 30, 2015 in Zell am See, Austria. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for Ironman)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 06: Jan Frodeno of Germany competes in the running to finish third during the Ironman Frankfurt on July 6, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for Ironman)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 06: Jan Frodeno of Germany reacts after finishing the Ironman Frankfurt on July 6, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for Ironman)
ABU DHABI;UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 7: Jan Frodeno and Emma Snowsill attend the 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Emirates Palace on February 7, 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images for Laureus)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 17: Gold medal winner Javier Gomez (C) of Spain celebrates on the podium with second Jan Frodeno (L) of Germany and third Tim Don of Great Britain during the Men's Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Cup on July 17, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Cathrin Mueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 17: Gold medal winner Javier Gomez (R) of Spain celebrates on the podium with second Jan Frodeno of Germany during the Men's Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Cup on July 17, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Cathrin Mueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 17: Jan Frodeno of Germany falls to the ground after finishing the Men's Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Cup on July 17, 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Cathrin Mueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Germany's Jan Frodeno (R) rides during the cycling leg of the men's event at the Seoul round of the Triathlon ITU World Championship in Seoul on May 8, 2010. Frodeno, the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medallist, won in one hour 51 minutes 49 seconds. AFP PHOTO/PARK JI-HWAN (Photo credit should read PARK JI-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)
AGADIR, MOROCCO - SEPTEMBER 29: The German triathlon athlete Jan Frodeno celebrates after winning the award during the Champion of the Year 2008 Award ceremony at Robinson Club Agadir on September 29, 2008 in Agadir, Morocco. More than 80 German top athletes have voted for Frodeno as the 'Champion of the Year 2008', the only one Award, where athlets can vote for athlets. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
AGADIR, MOROCCO - SEPTEMBER 29: The German triathlon athlete Jan Frodeno poses with the 'Champion des Jahres' award during the Champion of the Year 2008 Award ceremony at Robinson Club Agadir on September 29, 2008 in Agadir, Morocco. More than 80 German top athletes have voted for Frodeno as the 'Champion of the Year 2008', the only one Award, where athlets can vote for athlets. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BOCHUM, GERMANY - DECEMBER 04: Jan Frodeno attends the 1 Live Krone Awards 2008 on December 04, 2008 in Bochum, Germany. (Photo by Patrik Stollarz/Getty Images)
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"You look at all of these athletes and to be nominated in that group is amazing for me, but it's also amazing for my sport. To be there as a triathlete. Years ago, people said why don't you try and do something real – try and learn something proper and for triathlon to be here on this stage is incredible."

It's not a huge surprise that Frodeno took home the award -- he's been consistently racking up wins across the world. Following his 2008 Olympic gold, he snagged gold at the 2015 70.3 Championship and Ironman World Championships.

Triathlon, as Frodeno remarked, is still a fairly young sport and hasn't been around for more than 30 years, but it has definitely gotten a lot of star power in the last decade with tons of amateur athletes becoming interested in Ironman races.

Ironman is the new marathon. It's this crazy goal for people – it's unfathomable. That's why everyone wants to do it and that's really cool to see," Frodeno explained. "It's huge to be a part of the journey and say, 'Hey, what we do is not just crazy.' We don't just go run a marathon in the desert and bike for hours beforehand. There's more to it. There's this whole mind and body connection that is really quite good."

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