Name: Kyle Coon
Sport: Paratriathlon
Paratriathlon Classification: PTVI
Birthdate: Nov. 20, 1991
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.
High School: Paxon School for Advanced Studies (Jacksonville, Fla.)
College: University of Central Florida '13, Communication

Career Highlights

Two-time World Triathlon Para Series medalist (1 gold, 1 bronze)
2021 Americas Triathlon Para Championships Pleasant Prairie silver medalist
2019 Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup silver medalist
2019 Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships silver medalist
2019 Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships silver medalist
2018 Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup silver medalist

Personal
Coon lost his vision at age 7 due to a rare form of eye cancer. He is now a member of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team in Colorado Springs, Colorado, coached by USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach Derick Williamson. In addition to paratriathlon, Kyle is also an avid rock climber, downhill skier and runner. In 2006, he hiked the Ankascocha Trail into Machu Picchu. In 2007, he summited Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of 15. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in Communication in 2013, he became an endurance athlete, competing in numerous marathons and triathlons. In 2018, he was a member of the first team of tandem cyclists with all blind or visually impaired stokers (person on the back of a tandem bike) to complete Race Across America — the world’s toughest bicycle race — racing from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland, in 7 days, 15 hours. Later in 2018, at IRONMAN Arizona, Kyle became the first totally blind person to complete an IRONMAN-branded triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run) in under 11 hours. He continues to push himself physically and mentally as he prepares to represent the United States at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the sport of triathlon. For more about Kyle, visit kylecoon.com.

Coon's guide for the Tokyo Games is Andy Potts, a 2004 U.S. Olympian, 2007 Pan American Games gold medalist, decorated IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 athlete and ambassador for the USA Triathlon Foundation.


Elite Triathlon Career

2021: 
Won his first elite international gold medal at the World Triathlon Para Series opener in Yokohama, Japan, on May 15 • Took silver at the Americas Triathlon Para Championships in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, on June 27


2019: Captured his second career elite podium with a silver at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships on March 9 • Earned his first ITU World Paratriathlon Series medal with a bronze in Milan, Italy, on April 27 • Took silver at the Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup on July 13 • Was the runner-up in the men's PTVI category at the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships in Long Beach, California, on July 20 • Placed fourth at the Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, which was held in a duathlon (run-bike-run) format, on Aug. 17
 
2018: Made his elite paratriathlon debut with a fourth-place finish at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships on March 10 • Took silver at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup on Oct. 14