Name: Kendall Gretsch
Sport: Paratriathlon
Date of Birth: April 2, 1992
Hometown: Downers Grove, Ill.
Current Residence: Madison, Wis.
High School: Downers Grove North High School (Downers Grove, Ill.), ‘10
College: Washington University in St. Louis ’14, Biomedical Engineering

Career Highlights
Three-time ITU Paratriathlon World Champion (2014, 2015, 2016)
Five-time USA Paratriathlon National Champion (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018,2019)
Four-time PATCO/CAMTRI American Championships gold medalist (2014, 2015, 2016,2019)
Three-time ITU World Paratriathlon Series/Event medalist (2 gold, 1 silver)
Four-time ITU Paratriathlon World Cup medalist (2 gold, 2 silver)
Two-time Paralympic gold medalist in Nordic skiing (6k biathlon, 12k cross-country)

Personal

Kendall, who was born with spina bifida, grew up swimming and competed on her high school’s swim team. Kendall currently competes in cross country skiing and biathlon during the winter and paratriathlon in the summer. She made her Paralympic debut as a winter-sport athlete, winning two gold medals in Nordic skiing at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. She became involved in triathlon after her sophomore year of college, after she was encouraged to join a local paratriathlon club, Dare2tri, while at a swim practice. From there she was hooked on to the sport. She especially loves the positive community aspect of triathlon, as well as being able to race outdoors. She is inspired the most by her fellow teammates because she takes motivation from seeing them work hard in practice every day. The biggest satisfaction she gets out of competing in sports is seeing her own personal growth and having the ability to push herself as hard as she can to get better. She finds satisfaction in competing in both a summer and winter sport because she is always in a racing season, so it forces her to maintain a competitive mindset all year. In 2014, Gretsch was named the USA Triathlon Female Paratriathlete of the Year, and in 2015 she was nominated for an ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. Outside of triathlon, Gretsch enjoys math and ice cream.

Elite Triathlon Career

2019: Won the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships, on March 9 • Earned a silver medal at the Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series, on May 18 • Won the Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, on June 16 • Took home a silver medal at the Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, on July 13

2018: Started her triathlon season in June with a win at the USA Paratriathlon National Championships in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, just three months after winning two gold medals in Nordic skiing at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games • Claimed victory at the Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup on July 14 • Earned a silver medal in October at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, held in a duathlon format

2017: Won her third national title at the USA Paratriathlon National Championships in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

2016: Continued her undefeated ITU career by claiming wins at the Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships and the Rotterdam ITU Paratriathlon World Championships

2015: Started her season with a win at the Monterrey CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships • Claimed her second national title at the USA Paratriathlon National Championships • Collected gold at the Detroit ITU World Paratriathlon Event • Successfully defended her women’s PT1 world title at the Chicago ITU World Triathlon Grand Final 

2014: Won her first-ever elite ITU paratriathlon race at the Dallas PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships • Took gold at the Magog ITU Paratriathlon Event • Won a world title in the women’s PT1 class at the Edmonton ITU World Triathlon Grand Final • Claimed her first national title at the USA Paratriathlon National Championships