COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced renowned Olympic speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno as a keynote speaker for the second annual Endurance Exchange, a virtual endurance sports industry conference hosted by USA Triathlon on Jan. 21-23, 2021.
Apolo Ohno to Present Keynote
Ohno is the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian of all time, winning two gold medals and eight medals overall in short track speed skating at the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake 2002, Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010. He is a 12-time world champion and 12-time world championship medalist. Ohno is also an accomplished triathlete, having completed the 2014 IRONMAN Word Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in 9 hours, 52 minutes, 27 seconds.
Reinvention is at Ohno’s core. He continually adapts that performance mindset to support ongoing personal and professional growth. He has drawn on this acumen to become a global cross-industry entrepreneur, a successful sports broadcaster and television personality, a New York Times best-selling author, and a lifelong scholar inside and outside the university setting. Ohno harnesses these experiences to educate and inspire organizations on how to foster a sustained leadership mindset needed to overcome current business challenges.
Ohno will speak about his background and path to the Olympics, training for and finishing IRONMAN Kona in under 10 hours, and his unique “Gold Medal Mindset” to unlocking performance, overcoming adversity and excelling in any climate.
“The endurance community has given me inspiration, strength and life lessons that I still carry with me today,” Ohno said. “As we all adapt, and pivot in sport, I am excited to be a part of this community and event that will touch on mindset, reinvention and how best to carve paths forward. I am grateful and excited to spend time with members of this diverse community.”
“Apolo Ohno created instant speed skating fandom during his illustrious Olympic career, with a talent and personality that captivated audiences in America and around the world,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “We are thrilled to offer this chance for the multisport community to connect with Apolo at Endurance Exchange, hear him recount his Olympic and triathlon stories, and learn about his approach to achieving personal growth and success.”
Ohno’s keynote is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22, from 5-6 p.m. ET (3-4 p.m. MT). He will also speak as part of a virtual USA Triathlon Foundation VIP event following the keynote session on Friday evening. Interested attendees can bid on the session, which will be reserved for a limited number of participants, via the USA Triathlon Foundation Silent Auction surrounding Endurance Exchange.
Athlete Insider Pricing — $50
USA Triathlon is offering a new, athlete-focused “Athlete Insider Access” pricing option, for $50 through Nov. 16 — a significant discount from All-Access pricing of $175. The Athlete Insider track includes all keynote presentations, general sessions, guided virtual morning workouts and the virtual expo. In addition, a special Athlete Insider content track will offer more than 15 hours of content focused on the inner workings of USA Triathlon — including the high-performance pipeline; Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games outlook; USA Triathlon competitive rules and officiating updates; and a deep dive into the Team USA experience, from training and qualifying to traveling and racing at World Championships.
“The virtual format of the 2021 Endurance Exchange enables us to reach the entire multisport community more broadly than ever before.
We wanted to take that opportunity to offer increased athlete-focused content for everyone from beginners to competitive amateurs to elites,” said Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon Director of Events. “The Athlete Insider track will offer a behind-the-scenes look into USA Triathlon with the opportunity to ask questions of staff and leadership, as well as the chance to glean expert insights from leading coaches and race directors. We are thrilled to have the chance to connect with our members in a new way, and we encourage anyone who is passionate about multisport to join us.”
Mike Reilly Tabbed as Emcee
Best known as the “Voice of IRONMAN,” Reilly will reprise his role as Endurance Exchange emcee for keynotes and general sessions. Through nearly 40 years of service, Reilly has become the world’s most famous endurance sports announcer. He has called the finishes of more than 160 IRONMAN triathlons, 1,200 races and more than 2 million athletes. Throughout the 1980s, Reilly was also a leading representative of Saucony shoes, supplying the Saucony product line to Road Runner Sports in Del Mar — now the largest running store in the country. He is a member of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame and the IRONMAN Hall of Fame.
USA Triathlon Membership Discount for Attendees
As part of registration for Endurance Exchange, all attendees will have access to a discounted $35 USA Triathlon Annual Membership or renewal (extension of 12 months from current expiration date) — a $15 discount from regular membership pricing. Individuals who have already registered for Endurance Exchange can still claim the $35 membership; visit enduranceexchange.com for instructions.
Price Increase on Nov. 16
Registration prices for Endurance Exchange will increase on Nov. 16. General Attendee All-Access will increase to $200, Medical Professional All-Access to $225 and Athlete Insider Access to $65. Register today at enduranceexchange.com.
More information about Endurance Exchange, including additional keynote speakers and emcees, general sessions and breakout content, will be released in the coming weeks and will be published at enduranceexchange.com as details are finalized. For sponsorship inquiries and other questions related to Endurance Exchange, please email email@example.com.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Triathlon Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of World Triathlon and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).