2004 Olympic Team Alternate
2003 Pan American Games Team Member
1998-99 Resident Team Member
Full Name: Douglas Worthy Friman
Hometown: Alameda, Calif.
Resides: Tucson, Ariz.
College: Cornell University
Birth place: Edinburgh, Scotland
Years Elite: 10
Final 2007 ITU Rank: 75
Final 2007 USAT Rank:
Personal: Douglas Worthy Friman (pronounced free-man)… Born Aug. 29, 1975 in Edinburgh, Scotland… Has both British and American citizenship... Earned a B.A. in history from Cornell in 1997… One of the tallest elite triathletes in the world... Known for having a laid back attitude towards life and triathlon. Mother says that he only moves fast in races... Has no foreign language skills... Fan of NASCAR and WWF wrestling... Loves to wear Vans shoes... Avid reader and DVD movie watcher... Favorite authors are John MacPhee and Pat Conroy... Favorite movies are The Big Blue and For Love of the Game... Least favorite part about living outside of United States is the inability to find good peanut butter and current movies in English... His cousin Steve Worthy competed in the butterfly at the 2000 Olympic swimming trials... Inspired by Tim DeBoom´s 2001 Ironman win.
Elite Triathlon Career: Was the alternate for the 2004 Olympic team due to his finishes in the three qualifying races… Qualified for the 2004 world championship team by virtue of his No. 2 U.S. ranking at the cutoff date… Qualified for 2003 world championship team because he was ranked third in the U.S. by the cutoff date… Reached his first World Cup podium in 2003 at Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where he finished third… In 2003, became a member of KINeSYS Professional Triathlon Team... Qualified for the 2003 Pan American Games team as the first U.S. finisher at the Clermont International Triathlon... Spent fall 2001 training with coach Brett Sutton´s squad in Sao Carlos, Brazil... Based in Europe in the summer of 2001 racing for German Team Asics Witten... Spent winter 2000-1 in Australia training under Col Stewart on the Gold Coast... Was the second alternate for the 2000 Olympic Team after finishing as the fifth American at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Irving, Texas... Barely qualified to compete at Olympic trials... First out of the water and was in front for much of the race at trials, but lost ground on the run... Won first elite race at the last event of the 1999 season, the Ixtapa (Mexico) International… From 1995 has worked his way through the USAT athlete pipeline from junior team to collegiate team to resident team to national team.
Amateur Triathlon Career: At the 1997 ITU World Championship, was the fifth fastest amateur and the fastest U.S. amateur… Placed eighth at the 1997 USA Triathlon National Championship… Finished ninth at the Powerman Colorado Duathlon in Mount Evans… Was second in the 20-24 age-group at the 1996 ITU World Championship… In 1995, was not beaten in a domestic junior race… Only loss came at the World Championship where he was ninth and the fastest U.S. junior… First junior and second amateur overall at the 1995 National Championship; would have placed 11th had he competed in the elite division… Member of the 1995 USA Triathlon Junior National Team… In 1993 and 1994, was third in the junior division at the National Championship… In 1988, won the IronKids National Championship for 13-year-olds… In 1985, won the junior division at the inaugural IronKids National Championship.
Athletic Background: Began swimming at age 6 while living in Scotland… Began triathlon at age 8 after moving to the United States… Likes to point out that he is part of the first generation to grow up as triathletes and not convert from other sports… Swam for the Mid Peninsula Mariners club team while living in the Bay Area… Lettered in cross country, cycling and swimming while at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass… Was the captain and MVP of cycling and swimming teams his senior year… Did not participate in triathlon during high school, but picked it up again the summer before college (1993)… Attended the University of St. Andrews (Scotland)… Transferred to Cornell his sophomore year… Walked on the swim team (distance freestyle) at Cornell… Junior year was voted hardest worker… Received the spirit award his senior year.