Summer Cook Earns First ITU World Cup Win in Chengdu

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DELRAY BEACH, FL – April 18, 2016 – In just her third season as a professional triathlete, Summer Cook has earned her first victory on the ITU World Cup circuit winning in Chengdu on April 16. She was first out of the water and logged the fastest run time.

An understandably excited Cook remarked, “I was able to put together a strong race across the board and successfully execute many of the process steps I’ve been working on. It was wonderful to have all the work I put in validated. I’m looking forward to having more opportunities to test my continued progress.”

Video highlights by ITU show her race unfolding and finishing with a controlled and impressive surge past the field on the run.

Chengdu podium copy

In 2013 Cook was invited to join the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program. Cook was a standout two-sport athlete for Villanova where she earned All-Big East honors in swimming, track, and cross country, was named All-Mid Atlantic Region in cross country, and qualified for NCAA regionals on the track in the 5000 meters. In the pool, Cook finished second in the Big East in the 1000 meter freestyle.

She has enjoyed a rapid ascent in the sport and earlier this year won her second consecutive Tritonman Triathlon in San Diego, California. Last year she was on the ITU World Cup podium in Alanya, Turkey with a second place, enjoyed wins at the Sarasota American Cup and Catania European Cup, and was second at the Dallas American Cup (duathlon), and Clermont American Cup.

Summer is sponsored by ROKA, Alii Sport, Off the Front Multisport, Team Psycho Triathlete, and USA Triathlon. She is coached by Paulo Sousa of The Triathlon Squad, and managed fortyninegroup, LLC. 

About Summer Cook

Summer Cook was a varsity swimmer and runner at Villanova University where she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 2013. She got her start in triathlon in 2013 and earned her pro card in March 2014 at the Clermont Elite Development Race. In 2015, Summer won two Continental Cups and earned her first World Cup podium in Alanya, Turkey. Summer is a member of USA Triathlon’s National Team and currently trains with The Triathlon Squad in Poway, California. Summer is sponsored by ROKA, Alii Sport, Off the Front Multisport, Team Psycho Triathlete, and USA Triathlon. She is coached by Paulo Sousa of The Triathlon Squad, and managed fortyninegroup, LLC. For sponsorship opportunities with Summer contact john@fortyninegroup.com. Learn more about Summer at summercooktri.com, her Facebook page, on Twitter at @lsums01, or instagram at Sums01.