Katie Zaferes is one of the world’s top triathletes on the U.S Olympic Triathlon Team competing in the Tokyo Summer Games. We caught up a few weeks ago, just a few days after she placed on the U.S Team and was preparing for her journey to Tokyo.
Katie and I talk all things triathlon- training, nutrition, racing and how she is preparing for competition on the world’s biggest stage. Katie shares how she discovered the sport of triathlon. She talks about what it’s like to travel all over the world for competition, and she details some of her most unforgettable race locations, and shares some of the mantras that power her through during tough conditions. Katie tells me the story of how triathlon led her to meet her husband, and the beauty of getting to share her passion for sport with her loved ones. Of course, I ask Katie all about her preparation and what she’s most looking forward to at this year’s Olympics.
Katie made her debut as an elite athlete on the triathlon scene back in 2013 since then she has won 23 World Triathlon Series medals, including six gold medals. She made the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team and won her first world championship in 2019. Katie is also a three-time medalist in mixed relay at the world championships, most recently taking silver in 2020. I so enjoyed my conversation with Katie, and I can’t wait to watch her crush the competition in Tokyo. Photos by Tommy Zaferis.
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