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I’ve got to be honest, I thought it’d be a few years before I typed my first retirement letter. Things rarely go the way we predict.
When I last wrote, I thought I could continue racing in 2017 while beginning to explore post-triathlon plans. I was wrong. Moving forward as a professional triathlete with an investment of time, energy, and focus that represents anything less than everything is not an option. My heart knew this after the Olympics; my head was a few months behind.
Before returning to the end, lets go to the beginning. Pursuing full time triathlon represented an opportunity to excel and to inspire. I’ve changed over the past 7 years, but my mission has remained. In 2014, I blogged, “My mission…is setting an example to those around me that says, ‘Decide you want something, and accept that you might fail. Let the process change you. It’s about having the courage to continually discover yourself through the struggle.'”
This is the end, but it’s also the beginning. I’ve had a wonderful career in triathlon, and I’m grateful to the coaches, sponsors, training partners, and supporters who’ve made it worthwhile. ROKA’s CEO, Rob Canales, replied to my retirement saying, “Will miss seeing you kill yourself on the race course.”
DELRAY BEACH, FL – February 16, 2017 – Summer Cook returns for her fourth season of ITU racing this year, with a total of twelve races spanning the globe.
She will begin her race season with the Abu Dhabi World Triathlon Series (WTS) race, followed by WTS races in Gold Coast, Australia; Yokohama, Japan; Leeds, England; Hamburg, Germany; Edmonton, Canada; Stockholm, Sweden; and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Her ITU World Cup starts will include New Plymouth, New Zealand; Huelva, Spain; Sarasota, Florida; and Tongyeong, South Korea.
Cook was named the 2016 ITU Women’s Breakout Star, after a season highlighted by three ITU wins including WTS Edmonton, the Chengdu World Cup, and the Tongyeong World Cup. With five ITU podium finishes last year, and race-leading swims and runs, she is expected to be a top competitor among a strong American team.
Cook was interviewed by Bob Babbitt on the February 14 episode of Babbittville Radio , where she discussed her ascension in the sport beginning as a standout two-sport athlete for Villanova in swimming and track/cross country. Following graduation, she joined the USAT Collegiate Recruitment program in 2013 and quickly found success in the sport.fifa world cup 2018 tickets
Summer Cook’s sponsors include ROKA, the New York City Athletic Club, Team Psycho Triathlete, and USA Triathlon. She is coached by Paulo Sousa of The Triathlon Squad, and managed by fortyninegroup.
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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. Cook is a member of USA Triathlon’s National Team and trains with The Triathlon Squad in Poway, California. For sponsorship opportunities with Summer contact email@example.com. Learn more about Summer at summercooktri.com, her Facebook page, on Twitter at @sums01, or Instagram at @sums01.
DELRAY BEACH, FL – January 5, 2017 – The professional triathletes represented by fortyninegroup, Timothy O’Donnell, Joe Maloy, Lauren Goss, Summer Cook, Jeanni Seymour, Drew Scott, Justin Metzler, and Rudy von Berg collectively raced 80 times in 2016, earning 29 podium finishes including a World Championship.
Olympian Joe Maloy had a banner summer winning Escape from Alcatraz in June then competing in July as the team anchor with Gwen Jorgensen, Ben Kanute, and Kirsten Kasper in Hamburg, Germany to earn the World Championship in Mixed Relay – a first for the United States. In August, Maloy competed as the top American qualifier and finisher (23rd) at the Rio Olympic Games. One month later, he was second at the Beijing International Triathlon.
Summer Cook, named by ITU as the Women’s Breakout Star of the Year, had four wins including her debut WTS win in Edmonton, the Chengdu World Cup, and the Tongyeong World Cup, and she defended her 2015 win at Tritonman. With race-leading swims and runs, she will be one to watch as she heads into her fourth ITU season.
Timothy O’Donnell produced his fastest time at the IRONMAN World Championship – 8:16:20. His 3rd place finish in 2015, along with 6th this year and 8th in 2012 and 2013, make him one of the most consistent World Championship athletes. O’Donnell’s season included a win at IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico and a 3rd at St. Anthony’s Tri.
Lauren Goss returned to IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador and Challenge San Gil to win both of those races for the second straight year. Goss won three races in 2017, and was on the podium at four of her nine races in 2016.
Jeanni Seymour finished top-four at 8 of her 9 races this year including two wins (IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen and IRONMAN 70.3 Austin) and three second place finishes. Seymour posted fastest run splits at four of her races.
Rudy von Berg earned three podium finishes: IRONMAN 70.3 Miami (2nd), St. Anthony’s Tri (2nd), and Rev3 Quassy (3rd). Drew Scott, whose season was shortened by a bike accident, was 2nd at Challenge Penticton. Justin Metzler had three podium finishes, coming third at Challenge Iceland, IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen, and IRONMAN 70.3 Cartagena.
“What a fantastic year 2016 was! We’re incredibly proud of each of our exceptional athletes and their commitment to training and racing as well as the partnerships they have with their sponsors, the ITU, IRONMAN and other key races,” said John Jones, CEO of fortyninegroup. “We’re truly honored to represent these outstanding athletes and look forward to their race seasons in 2017!”
More on the athletes:
Summer Cook: summercooktri.com || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram
Lauren Goss: laurengoss.com|| Facebook || Twitter || Instagram
Joe Maloy: joetriathlon.com|| Facebook || Twitter || Instagram
Justin Metzler: justinmetzlertriathlete.com|| Facebook || Twitter || Instagram
Timothy O’Donnell: timothyodonnell.com|| Facebook || Twitter || Instagram
Drew Scott: drewscottracing.com|| Facebook || Twitter || Instagram
Jeanni Seymour: jeanniseymourtriathlete.com || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram
Rudy von Berg: rudyvonberg.com|| Facebook || Twitter || Instagram
Coach Mark Sortino is on the cover of the Winter Issue of the USA Triathlon magazine as the subject of “The Keys to Coaching Success” by Kim McDonald. He addresses his six years of experience coaching paratriathletes, the growth of the sport, and includes one of his favorite track sessions!
Pensacola, FL – January 4, 2017 – Team MPI (Multisport Performance Institute) announces a new high-altitude destination triathlon camp in scenic Steamboat Springs, Colorado, led by Coach Heather Gollnick, 5x IRONMAN Champion. The camp will span Memorial Day weekend, May 26 – 29, 2017 and feature sessions on the bike and run courses of the Tri the Boat USAT Rocky Mountain Long Course Triathlon Championship.
The weekend includes swim sessions in Bald Eagle Lake, a private water ski lake, that will focus on starts, sighting, and close contact swimming with critiques from coaches on paddleboards. The run training features technique work and video taping with trail and track options. The bike and brick workouts are on the scenic low-traffic roads that surround Stagecoach Lake. The camp will also address the mental side of the sport, drawing on material from Gollnick’s book Triathlete EQ: A Guide for Emotional Endurance.
This camp is ideal for athletes who seek an immersive and comprehensive multisport training experience under the leadership of a champion triathlete and the knowledgeable staff of Team MPI coaches. The location will benefit athletes who plan to race at altitude in locations like Steamboat Springs or Boulder.
“The incredible beauty of Steamboat Springs provides the ideal backdrop for us to work with triathletes to help them discover new levels of performance, motivation, and enjoyment,” says Gollnick. “Under the eyes of experienced coaches and with the fun of training alongside others, a lot can be accomplished in one weekend at the Steamboat Springs Tri Camp.”
In addition to the Steamboat Springs Tri Camp, Team MPI also offers race prep long course tri camps in Lake Placid, New York and Panama City, Florida. For more information on this camp as well as other Team MPI camp offerings, visit www.teammpi.com.
About Team MPI
Team MPI (Multisport Performance Institute) offers individual coaching, training packages, camps, and clinics for multisport athletes and paratriathletes of all levels. Established in 2010, Team MPI has grown to a nationwide staff of coaches who work in a collaborative and mentorship-based environment to bring best practices to each athlete in their unique pursuit of sport. The team is led by Head Coaches Mark Sortino, USA Triathlon Level III certified coach, race director, and 3x IM World Championship finisher; John Murray, a USA Triathlon Level II certified coach, race director, and ASCA Level 2 coach with 17 years of triathlon experience; and Christine Palmquist, a USA Triathlon Level III certified coach and multiple-Ironman finisher with 19 years of youth and adult coaching experience. Team MPI has conducted camps for Team Semper Fi, Challenged Athletes Foundation, USA Paratriathlon and the National Paratriathlon Team, and all three head coaches have been coaches for Team USA Paratriathlon. Team MPI produces the Portofino Tri Series and founded the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, Sea Turtle Tri, and Maritime DeLuna Du. Learn more about Multisport Performance Institute at TeamMPI.com, and sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics. Follow Team MPI @TeamMPI on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and subscribe to the weekly newsletter.
Original article: http://www.triathlon.org/news/article/best_of_2016_womens_breakout_star