Before the gold medals and world titles, Gwen Jorgensen was a tax accountant. Katie Zaferes was a college runner. These elite athletes, and many others like them now representing Team USA, started their triathlon journeys and went on to achieve world success thanks in large part to the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program (CRP).
Launched in 2009, the program identifies talented single-sport collegiate athletes and helps them transition to multisport.
Of Team USA’s 22 Olympians for triathlon, 19 competed at the NCAA level for running or swimming prior to their Olympic berth.
The CRP assesses talent via college PRs, history, and testing protocol. Athletes who meet the standards are taken through the processes and skills needed to become an elite triathlete, streamlining and professionalizing the athlete’s growth in triathlon, with the goal of finding Olympic medalists. Much of this is done in the Collegiate Recruitment Program Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
The 2018 skills camp took place in July, where USA Triathlon invited some of the most talented collegiate athletes in the country to Colorado Springs. You can watch the video from the camp below.