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Karen Smyers Biography

Young Swimmer, From Amateur To Full-time Pro, Chronology, Awards And Accomplishments, Iron WomanCONTACT INFORMATION


American triathlete

Endurance athlete Karen Smyers, who has participated in triathlons since 1984, has a never-give-up attitude. A seven-time U.S.A. Triathlon Elite National Champion and winner of both the Hawaiian Ironman World Championship and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Triathlon World Championship in 1995, Smyers soon afterward became known for her brave battles against injury and cancer. In spite of daunting obstacles, which contributed to her failure to make the 2000 U.S. Olympic triathlon team, Smyers kept training, competing, and winning. In 2002, at age forty-one, she finished the Hawaiian Ironman—with its 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run—for the seventh time. Smyers said she hopes to continue competing for years to come.


Address: c/o USA Triathlon, 616 W. Monument St., Colorado Springs, CO 80905. Email: Karen.Smyers@triathloncentral.com.

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