Laurel is the younger half (by 5 mins) of the Wassner Twins. She is a survivor of Hodgkin's Lymphoma and is the first cancer survivor to become a professional triathlete. Laurel was named Rookie of the Year her first year as a pro (2008). Competitve and athletic from the start, by age 4 Laurel was swimming in meets, riding a bike and running (racing the cars) home from kindergarten. Laurel continued swimming and ran her first cross country race at age 10. She ran through Junior High (undefeated in cross country - yep never beaten by Bec!) and started focusing on swimming in High School going on to swim distance freestyle for George Washington University. She did her first triathlon in 2006 and also won her first triathlon in 2006. After a successful year as an elite amateur in 2007 (where she had both the fastest run and swim splits in every race), Laurel turned pro in 2008. Laurel won her first pro race in a breakthrough performance in 2010 at the Columbia Triathlon, becoming the first cancer survivor to win a professional triathlon. In 2014, Laurel made history again and became the first cancer survivor to win an iron distance race at Challenge Atlantic City in New Jersey. She has since finished 10 Ironmans and competed at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in 2015 and 2016. She most recently won the Israman iron distance triathlon in January 2017.
Prior to triathlon, Laurel worked for several magazines as a photo editor.