Name: Kevin McDowell
Sport: Triathlon
Height: 6'
Weight: 145
Date of Birth: 8/1/1992
Birthplace: Park Ridge, Ill.
Hometown: Geneva, Ill.
High School: Geneva High School
College: University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Career Highlights

2019 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup bronze medalist
2017 Huelva ITU Triathlon World Cup silver medalist
2017 Sarasota ITU Triathlon World Cup bronze medalist
2017 USA Triathlon Elite National Champion
2015 U23 World Championships, 4th
2015 USA Triathlon Elite National Championships silver medalist
2015 Pan American Games silver medalist
2015 Chengdu ITU World Cup bronze medalist
2014 Chengdu ITU World Cup silver medalist
2014 FISU World University Triathlon Championships gold medalist
Member of the Elite Triathlon Academy
2010 Youth Olympic Games silver medalist
2010 Youth Olympic Games Mixed Team Relay bronze medalist
2010 ITU Junior World Championships bronze medalist
2010, 2009 USA Triathlon Junior Elite Triathlete of the Year

Personal

Kevin McDowell was a swimmer and runner growing up. At 10 years old, he was asked by a friend if he wanted to compete in a triathlon. After completing his first race and enjoying it, he joined the Multisport Madness Triathlon Team based in Chicago. McDowell was named USA Triathlon’s Junior Athlete of the Year in 2009 and 2010. He is also a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011 shortly after earning bronze at the ITU Junior World Championships. McDowell took six months off of competing to complete chemotherapy. One year later, he came back and made his ITU World Cup debut at the Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup. In 2015 he qualified for his first ITU Grand Final, which was held in Chicago. He competed in both the elite and U-23 races, placing fourth for U-23 men. McDowell was one of the first members of the Elite Triathlon Academy, a former elite development program that was based at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. At the same time, he earned his degree in business from UCCS.

Elite Triathlon Career

2019: Earned a 4th place finish at the Madrid ITU triathlon World Cup, on May 5 •  Finished 13th at the Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup, May 12 •  Earned bronze at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup, on May 18 •  Finished 10th at the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup, on June 9 • Placed 6th at the Antwerp ITU Triathlon World Cup, on June 23 • Finished 41st at the ITU World Triathlon Montreal, on June 29 • Recorded a 32nd-place finish at the Tokyo ITU World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event on Aug. 16

2018: Finished 10th at the ITU World Triathlon World Cup in Mooloolaba, on March 10 • Placed 7th at the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup, on March 25 •  Finished 18th at the ITU World Triathlon Series stop in Bermuda, on April 28 •  Finished 44th at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama, on May 12 •  Placed 13th at the Antwerp ITU Triathlon World Cup, on June 17 • Earned bronze as a member of the U.S. Mixed Relay team at the Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, on July 15 •  Placed 20th at the ITU World Triathlon Edmonton, on July 27 •  Finished 44th at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup, on Oct.13

2017: Placed 28th at the Miyazaki ITU Triathlon World Cup on Nov. 4 • Claimed bronze at the Sarasota ITU Triathlon World Cup on Oct. 7, earning the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship title in the process • Won a silver medal at the Huelva ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sept. 23 • Took fifth at the Yucatan ITU Triathlon World Cup on Aug. 12 • Recorded a 17th-place finish at ITU World Triathlon Edmonton on July 28 • Placed 21st at ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 15 • Finished 14th at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup on June 4 • Placed fifth at the Madrid ITU Triathlon World Cup on May 28 • Earned a career-best 11th-place WTS finish at ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast on April 8 • Placed eighth at the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup on April 2 • Kicked off the season with a fourth-place finish at the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup on March 11, missing the podium by 21 seconds

2016: Earned top-10 finishes at ITU World Cups in Montreal, Quebec, on Aug. 7 (8th) and Tongyeong, South Korea, on Oct. 22 (6th) • Finished in the top 20 at ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast on April 9 (19th) and ITU World Triathlon Edmonton on Sept. 3 (18th) • Placed 39th at ITU World Triathlon Cape Town on April 23, 36th at ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on May 14 and 25th at ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 16

2015: Finished fourth at the Under-23 World Championship on Sept. 17 in Chicago • Finished as the second U.S. finisher and 32nd overall at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago on Sept. 19, earning the silver medal in the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship held in conjunction with the Grand Final event • Captured the silver medal at the Pan American Games on July 12 on Toronto, Ontario • Missed the podium by three seconds at the June 14 Huatulco ITU World Cup, finishing fourth • Landed on the podium at the Chengdu ITU World Cup for the second straight year, finishing third • Posted a career-best 16th-place finish at ITU World Triathlon Cape Town on April 25 • Posted top-25 finishes at WTS races in Gold Coast and Yokohama

2014: Won the Brasilia FISU World University Triathlon Championships on April 20, leading the U.S. to its first team victory • Finished second at the Chengdu ITU World Cup on May 10, missing the top finishing spot by one second • Made his ITU World Triathlon Series debut on May 31 in London with a 27th-place finish • Finished ninth at the Sarasota PATCO Sprint Triathlon Pan American Championships

2013 and earlier: Fifth at the Dallas ITU Pan American Cup on June 2, 2012 • 23rd at the 2012 Edmonton ITU World Cup on July 6 • 10th at his elite debut at the 2011 Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup (last race before he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma) • Joined the Elite Triathlon Academy at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, launched in June 2011

Amateur Triathlon Career: Won the silver medal at the first-ever Youth Olympic Games, held in Singapore in 2010 • Added a Youth Olympic Games Mixed Team Relay bronze medal to his collection • Earned bronze at the 2010 ITU Junior World Championships • Fourth at the ITU Junior World Championships in 2009