USA Triathlon will host its first media teleconference ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Thursday, December 5, at 13:00 ET (11:00 MT). The call will feature Summer Rappaport, the first triathlete to qualify for the 2020 US Olympic Team, and John Farra, High Performance General Manager at USA Triathlon.
Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colorado) will share her personal background, reflect on her standout 2019 season and discuss preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. John Farra (Heber City, Utah) will outline the qualifying process for the remainder of the US triathlon team and discuss his outlook for individual and team performances in Tokyo.
Summer Rappaport became the first triathlete to qualify for the 2020 US Olympic Team when she finished fifth at the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event on August 14. She also earned three podiums in 2019 ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) races and finished fifth in the season-long WTS standings. Rappaport has a total of four career WTS medals and 13 ITU Triathlon World Cup medals, and she has been a part of two US podium finishes in ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series events.
A former NCAA Division I swimmer and cross country runner at Villanova University, Rappaport was introduced to triathlon through USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Recruitment Program (CRP), which identifies single-sport collegiate runners and swimmers who have the potential to excel as elite triathletes.
Gwen Jorgensen, the 2016 US Olympic gold medallist, and Katie Zaferes, the 2019 ITU Triathlon World Champion and 2016 US Olympian, were also introduced to triathlon through the CRP.
John Farra is responsible for leading US triathlon National Team programs, overseeing the Olympic and Paralympic pipelines and directing strategic planning for USA Triathlon’s High Performance Department.
He is a 1992 US Olympian in cross-country skiing. Prior to joining USA Triathlon in May 2018, Farra held roles at the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee as the High Performance Director for US Paralympics Nordic Skiing and at the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) as the Nordic Program Director.