Hometown: Sudbury, Mass.
Resides: Los Angeles, Calif.
College: Harvard University
Birthdate: April 20, 1984
Birthplace: Concord, Mass.
First Year Elite: 2005
2010 ITU Rank: 49
2010 USAT Rank: 5
2011 Highlights: Finished first in the Olympic-distance Giant Eagle Triathlon in Columbus, Ohio, in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 28 seconds on July 31. Parker held off a hard-charging Nicole Kelleher (Charlottesville, Va.) for the win.
2010 Highlights: Finished as the No. 5 American and 49th overall in the ITU World Championship Series series rankings • Finished 23rd in Hamburg and 27th in Madrid • Placed second at the Philadelphia Triathlon on June 26 • Grabbed 18th at the Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup on June 13 • Was second at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on May 2 • Finished ninth at the ITU Monterrey World Cup April 18.
Elite Triathlon Career: Member of the USAT Project 2012 Team • Finished 2009 as the No. 7 American and 61st overall in the ITU World Championship Series rankings • Placed second at both the USAT Elite National Championship and the ITU Pan American Championship • Won the 2009 Mazatlan ITU Pan American Cup event • Posted three other top-eight finishes in ITU Continental Cup races in 2009 • In 2008, logged top-10 showings in ITU Continental Cup events in Suixian, Poznan, Athlone and Vina del Mar • Took 10th at the 2006 Kelowna ITU Pan American Cup race and was sixth at the 2005 Rincon ITU Carribean Cup event.
Amateur Triathlon Career: Placed second at the USAT Collegiate National Championship in 2004 • Member of the World University Games Team in 2004 • Won just her second triathlon entered, the Mighty North Fork Triathlon on Long Island in July 2003.
Athletic Background: Swam for three years at Harvard, primarily as a sprit freestyler • Placed 18th in the omnium at collegiate cycling nationals in 2005 • Two-time Massachusetts state swimming champion in high school • Member of track All-America distance medley relay team in high school • Also played field hockey in high school • Studied dance for 15 years.
Personal: Mother is Mae Shoemaker • Part of an athletic family • Brother Jared is also an elite triathlete and was a 2008 U.S. Olympian • Sister Martha swims for New York University and brother Jake runs cross country for Dartmouth and also participates in triathlons • Mother has run 19 consecutive Boston Marathons • Enjoys baking, especially banana bread, and learning foreign languages • Plans to pursue a post-triathlon career in acting/modeling • Also hopes to have her own clothing line.