U.S. elite triathletes and paratriathletes had a fantastic year in 2019, highlighted by Katie Zaferes winning the world championship!
In addition to Zaferes winning the ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) championship, seven male and female U.S. paratriathletes won medals at the ITU World Championships.
Plus, three women — Zaferes, Katie Spivey and Summer Rappaport — ranked in the top five of the final WTS rankings. The U.S. women are strong and have a great chance to medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
And the U.S. men had a good year, too. Matt McElroy and Morgan Pearson finished in the top 25 of the WTS rankings — with McElroy becoming the second American man to reach the podium in a WTS race. Look for big things from the two of them in 2020.
Our elite athletes not only earned a lot of medals in 2019, they also traveled a lot of miles! They flew all over the world for their races and many spent more time traveling than they did at home. Can you imagine that?
Check out these cool numbers from our elite athletes — from the number of miles flown and pounds lifted and even the number of yogurts eaten.
Katie Zaferes spent 255 out of 365 days away from home. She took 46 flights, visiting 15 countries, and sent 60 postcards.
Grace Norman ate 735 Greek Yogurts.
Allysa Seely lifted 991,500 pounds during strength training sessions.
Matt McElroy visited 13 different countries. He swims 7 days a week, averaging 4,000 yards a day, bikes 10-12 hours a week and runs 7 days a week, averaging 55 miles a week. Matt also lifts weights 3 times a week.
Summer Rappaport has flown 112,701 miles to training camps and races, and spent 209 days out of the U.S. at training camps and races.