COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon announced today that Kris Swarthout of Minneapolis, Minn., has been selected as the Team USA coach for age-group athletes competing at the 2013 ITU World Championships in London.
For the third time in the last four years, Swarthout will lead approximately 600 of the nation’s top age-groupers as they represent the United States in sprint-distance and Olympic-distance triathlon and aquathlon world championship races Sept 11-15. He was chosen for the position by a USA Triathlon selection panel following a comprehensive application process.
Swarthout brings a wealth of experience to the role, as he also served as the Team USA coach for the 2012 ITU World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, and the 2010 ITU World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He also competed as an athlete at the 2005 ITU World Championships.
Swarthout is a USA Triathlon Level II coach and creates training programs for more than 200 athletes at all levels. He also serves as a Level III Staff Coach at OptumHealth Performance and is the team coach of the Minnesota Junior Elite Team and the St. Olaf College Triathlon Team.
“I am very excited and proud to be able to serve and represent Team USA again. Of all the roles I have ever had, Team USA coach is the one that is the most fulfilling,” Swarthout said. “I come at the position from an athlete’s perspective. As a former Team USA athlete, I look to bring knowledge, opportunities and resources to the position. One of my favorite duties is to hand out American flags to every athlete as they enter the finish chute.”
As Team USA coach, Swarthout will serve as the key resource for U.S. age-groupers in the lead up to Worlds and on site during race week. He will provide a monthly training tip for publication in the Team USA newsletter and will pre-record webinars for Team USA athletes on topics such as training, the race course and traveling internationally.
In London, Swarthout will organize and lead Team USA group rides, runs, swims and transition practices in the lead up to race day. The 2013 age-group events will take place at the same Hyde Park venue as the 2012 London Olympic Games.
USA Triathlon’s Team USA is comprised of top age-groupers who represent the United States at each ITU World Championship event. For information please visit usatriathlon.org.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 510,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).