Sheila Taormina: Olympics Info, Pentathlete, Triathlete, Swimming (VIDEO)

08/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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Sheila Taormina is an athlete to watch this year at the Olympics. From Wikipedia:

Sheila Christine Taormina (born March 18, 1969 in Livonia, Michigan) is an American athlete, who competes in triathlon and swimming. At the 1996 Summer Olympics, Taormina earned a gold medal as a member of the winning women's 4x200 meter freestyle relay team.

While swimming collegiately for the Georgia Bulldogs, Taormina earned a BBA in 1992 and an MBA in 1994 from the University of Georgia. She captained Georgia's 1991 team, won All-America honors all four years of her collegiate career and won the Southeastern Conference 400-meter individual medley as senior. She was the first UGA swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal and the first UGA athlete to make the Olympic team in multiple sports[1]

Taormina competed at the first Olympic triathlon at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She took sixth place with a total time of 2:02:45.91. Her split times were 19:02.78 for the swim, 1:06:24.30 for the cycling, and 0:37:18.83 for the run.

In 2004, Taormina won the ITU World Championship title. In the 2004 Summer Olympics, Taormina again competed in the triathlon. Her time was 2:09:21.08 as she finished in twenty-third place.

Post-Athens, Taormina embarked on a new sport, modern pentathlon, winning the women's senior division of the 2005 Pan American Championships. She was successful in qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games in the modern pentathlon, so she will become the first American to compete in the Games in three sports.

Visit her official website here.

Watch a video of her training below.

The Detroit Free Press has a nice profile of Sheila Taormina.


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