Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Resides: Portland, Ore.
College: Holy Cross (undergraduate), Willamette University (law school)
Birthdate: Aug. 3, 1977
First Year Elite: 2001
2010 ITU Rank: 96
2010 USAT Rank: 9
One of two Americans to hold the No. 1 ITU World Ranking (2006)
2011 Highlights: Part of the U.S. Team that took fifth at the ITU Team Triathlon World Championships August 21•Posted a 16:26 split in the final leg of the team relay, the 10th fatest overall split
2010 Highlights: Member of the USAT Project 2012 program • Finished 16th at the Tongyeong ITU World Cup on Oct. 16 • Captured his first major career victory at the Chicago Triathlon on Aug. 29 • Finished the ITU World Championship Series as the No. 9 American and 96th overall • Placed 28th at the June 13 Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup and was 24th at the ITU WCS stop in Seoul on May 8.
Elite Triathlon Career: Finished 2009 as the No. 3 American and No. 46 overall in ITU World Championship Series rankings • Took fourth at the 2009 USAT Elite National Championship • Took 14th at the Washington, D.C., ITU World Championship Series event and grabbed a 24th-place finish at the ITU World Championship Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australian • Was the No. 8 American and 74th overall in the 2008 ITU World Cup Series rankings • Logged a pair of 17th-place finishes in ITU World Cup events - at both Huatulco and Mooloolaba • Placed seventh at the San Francisco Pan American Cup race • Finished third at ITU Geneva Pan American Cup in 2007 • Finished second at ITU Doha World Cup in 2006 • Ranks as one of only two American male athletes ever to have held the ITU World No. 1 Rank when he held the No. 1 rank in May-June 2006 before suffering a season-ending collar bone fracture (Hunter Kemper finished the year ranked No. 1 in 2005) • Finished 2006 ranked No. 22 overall and third among Americans in the ITU World Cup Series rankings • Participated in the 2002, 2003, and 2005 ITU Elite World Championships • Finished second at the 2006 ITU Doha World Cup in Doha, Qatar • Finished third at the 2003 ITU World Cup in Tongyeong, Korea • At that time, the finish in Korea was the first podium finish for a U.S. man at a World Cup since 2001 • Qualified for the 2002 world championship team by finishing as the third American, seventh overall, at The Monster Challenge: Tri Boston world championship qualifier • Finished as the top American in four ITU points races in 2001, his first season as an elite.
Amateur Triathlon Career: Won his age group at the 2000 sprint national championships • Was the Northwest regional and sprint champion.
Athletic Background: All-state in track and field, cross-country, and swimming in high school • Named a high school all-American in swimming • Collegiate record holder in four swimming events at Holy Cross • Qualified for the NCAA Division I indoor/outdoor track championships in the mile and 1,500.
Personal: Mark A. Fretta • Born Aug. 3, 1977 in Portland, Ore... Says his favorite athlete is three-time Olympian Hunter Kemper, and has several hamsters named after Hunter • His favorite food is pizza and his favorite pre-race meal is a bagel with jelly, Gatorade and a PowerBar • Other favorite athlete is Clyde "The Glide" Drexler • Mark identifies himself as "the best basketball player in the sport of triathlon." • During recovery from a fractured collar bone suffered in 2006, Mark began pursuit of a legal career in law school at Willamette University School of Law.
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