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Timothy O'Donnell
United States
World Rank
33
Weight
75kg
Height
1.82m
Age
40
DOB
10/1/80
Swim: Aqua SphereBike: TrekRun: Hoka One One
95%Swim94%Bike86%Run90%Overall
Athletes are measured as a percentage (for each discipline and overall) based on a relative comparison to the #1 ranked athlete who's rated at 100%.
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Timothy O'Donnell

The USA’s Timothy O’Donnell has a lot to thank his older brother for. As well as setting him on the path to global success in long distance triathlon, that sporting direction would also lead to him meeting his future wife.

Sport started young for O’Donnell (also known as T.O.), joining his first swim team at the age of five, where he progressed fast. School records were broken and district championship titles earned, before his academic career would see him attend the United States Naval Academy, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture.

He continued competitive swimming alongside his studies, before his older brother forced him to trial for the Naval Academy Club Triathlon team. After two seasons of varsity swimming, he switched his attentions to triathlon, leading the Naval Academy to two US National Championship victories.

His education continued with a Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering earned at UC Berkeley as a Navy Ensign, and once again he successfully balanced study with his fast-improving triathlon career. That included the first of what would be six back-to-back Armed Forces Triathlon Championship wins.

2007 saw T.O. join the U.S. Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs, his talent and potential having been spotted by USA Triathlon.

Many Pan American Cup, ITU World Cup and World Championship appearances followed in short-course racing, but his true route to global success would not come from pursuing the Olympic dream.

That would become very clear in a breakthrough 2009 season, where his true talent was on show for all to see.

Finding his niche

O’Donnell had shown potential in longer distance racing a year previous, with two second-place finishes over the middle distance. If that planted a seed as to his future direction, 2009 would see those green shoots flourish.

IRONMAN 70.3 wins in St. Croix and Calgary proved his potential, and in a year that saw his podium collection reach double figures, he headed to the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship in Perth, Australia. Running to victory, he had gone from long distance rookie to champion of the world in just 12 months.

As if to underline his status, a year later he added a Silver medal at the same championships, this time in Immenstadt, Germany.

Ever-consistent, more victories and podium places followed, and a debut over the full distance resulted in second at IRONMAN Texas 2011. O’Donnell was now showing that endurance racing was his true calling.

Another second place at IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene 2012 provided the route to his first appearance at the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, an event that O’Donnell considers his favourite. For good reason as it is one which has provided many great memories.

At a venue which has humbled many a debutant, eighth place was a very impressive first attempt. He would subsequently add fifth (2013), third (2015), sixth (2016) and fourth (2018).

While his best was yet to come, the unforgiving nature of the Big Island would also provide some tough memories too. A torn oblique muscle in 2014 was one of his most painful racing experiences to date. Seeing his wife, Mirinda Carfrae, winning her third Kona title that day, hopefully, eased that pain.

With five top-10 Kona finishes already on his CV, O’Donnell should have been approaching the 2019 edition full of confidence, but not everything had gone to plan.

He explained: “It was definitely a tough year. I crashed my bike in Noosa in March. Then late this summer I had a kind of a weird deal.

“I broke my foot last year and it turned out that injury started making scar tissue instead of calcifying.”

Just weeks before Hawaii, he rolled his ankle and broke that foot again. Not even sure he would be able to start, aqua jogging and working on his cycling was his short-term approach. “I might as well give it a shot”, resulted in perhaps the best day of his career to date.

Right with the leaders out of the water, he was just 90 seconds down on the all-conquering Jan Frodeno at T2. Despite his interrupted preparations, O’Donnell would not give up that position for the entire 26.2 miles of the marathon.

While Frodeno was setting course-record figures ahead of him, T.O. would reach Ali’i Drive just eight minutes later, joining the very exclusive club of athletes to have finished in less than eight hours in Hawaii.

There have been plenty more highlights on the sporting journey of Timothy O’Donnell. IRONMAN wins in Boulder and Brazil, bronze at the 70.3 World Championship (2010) and Non-Drafting Triathlete of the Year awards from USAT.

Reaching that top step of the podium remains his top target. Modestly describing himself as, “A less than talented athlete that never gave up”, he has shown that could well be more than just a dream.

Family

Sporting results are not the most important things in the life of Timothy O’Donnell. “Family” is the thing that he can’t live without, and when things get tough, it is daughter Izzy that drives him on.

Long-term commitment and dedication are the consistent keys to success in triathlon, perhaps reflected in the best piece of training advice Tim has received.

“Decide what you want to be, pay the price and be what you want to be. You usually pay that price in training!”

Tim is also putting his extensive experience to good use, applying the skills from his academic, military and sporting careers as part of the Athlete Board of the PTO.

Current PTO World Ranking Points
33
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
91.90
2020 Challenge Daytona
81.57
Average
86.73
Ranking History
#5#32#59#86#113201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212011Overall79.54 pts#109Swim171.84 pts#12Bike120.94 pts#44Run89.10 pts#1092012Overall200.50 pts#20Swim177.52 pts#18Bike129.35 pts#44Run158.76 pts#192013Overall228.67 pts#10Swim182.27 pts#10Bike134.64 pts#28Run151.13 pts#212014Overall236.08 pts#18Swim183.00 pts#15Bike143.65 pts#45Run151.13 pts#352015Overall262.45 pts#14Swim179.23 pts#41Bike170.69 pts#27Run161.96 pts#302016Overall274.03 pts#12Swim184.00 pts#35Bike173.81 pts#36Run161.96 pts#402017Overall275.41 pts#16Swim184.00 pts#20Bike182.97 pts#20Run168.55 pts#342018Overall279.56 pts#18Swim189.71 pts#16Bike182.97 pts#23Run177.88 pts#262019Overall290.20 pts#10Swim193.94 pts#17Bike188.94 pts#24Run171.16 pts#392020Overall275.69 pts#13Swim187.09 pts#29Bike188.94 pts#20Run149.44 pts#592021Overall86.73 pts#33Swim94.95 pts#14Bike91.54 pts#19Run73.53 pts#73
Results
55 Races7
1
13
2
5
3
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Mar
11
Challenge Miami
20:20
1:25:16
57:27
2:44:56
78.2972
02:39:4478.30
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
6 Dec
16
Challenge Daytona
23:15
1:40:14
1:04:47
3:10:14
81.5732
03:05:0781.57
24 Oct
10
The Great Floridian
15:51
1:44:59
49:12
2:53:02
0
02:27:23-
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
24 Nov
7
IM Cozumel
39:18
4:18:04
3:03:18
8:06:08
63.2724
07:40:4563.27
12 Oct
2
IM Hawaii
47:38
4:18:11
2:49:45
7:59:41
104.578
08:03:00104.58
27 Jul
2
IM 70.3 Santa Rosa
24:29
2:03:56
1:13:38
3:47:24
87.4552
03:43:1287.46
9 Jun
3
IM Boulder
49:46
4:09:22
3:05:32
8:09:37
83.6553
07:57:5483.66
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
2 Dec
DNF
IM Mar del Plata
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:25:41-
18 Nov
4
Challenge Asia Pacific Championships, Taiwan
24:14
2:04:31
1:21:50
3:55:36
63.3306
03:43:1963.33
13 Oct
4
IM Hawaii
47:45
4:18:45
2:52:33
8:03:17
97.0209
08:01:0897.02
23 Sep
1
IM 70.3 Augusta
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:42:07
88.6031
03:38:2388.60
5 Aug
1
IM 70.3 Gdynia
23:02
2:07:13
1:14:16
3:47:41
73.9358
03:39:0773.94
28 Jul
4
IM 70.3 Santa Rosa
--:--
2:06:55
1:15:59
3:24:49
52.1484
03:11:0652.15
10 Jun
4
IM Cairns
46:42
4:24:58
2:46:00
8:00:54
88.1721
07:52:3188.17
13 May
4
IM 70.3 Monterrey
23:39
1:58:07
1:17:56
3:42:38
68.5377
03:32:3668.54
22 Apr
2
IM 70.3 Florianopolis
22:48
2:08:15
1:15:27
3:50:22
75.6012
03:42:1475.60
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Nov
4
IM 70.3 Los Cabos
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:51:43
74.4069
03:43:0974.41
14 Oct
19
IM Hawaii
48:38
4:25:10
3:15:55
8:33:53
70.0882
08:11:4970.09
10 Sep
3
IM 70.3 Santa Cruz
10:22
2:06:49
1:14:18
3:35:31
82.2152
03:29:5582.22
11 Jun
1
IM Boulder
49:20
4:24:25
2:53:55
8:13:30
93.865
08:09:0093.86
13 May
3
IM 70.3 Santa Rosa
23:33
2:11:21
1:14:16
3:54:19
64.5417
03:42:2964.54
2 Apr
2
IM 70.3 Texas
24:36
2:02:06
1:17:15
3:46:19
81.9997
03:40:2282.00
19 Mar
2
IM 70.3 Taiwan
22:47
2:00:24
1:17:13
3:45:31
88.6759
03:41:4588.68
27 Jan
9
IM 70.3 Dubai
24:28
2:01:11
1:18:24
3:47:53
60.2707
03:35:0460.27
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
8 Oct
6
IM Hawaii
48:12
4:29:10
2:55:01
8:16:20
92.8729
08:11:0592.87
21 Aug
4
IM 70.3 Timberman
23:58
2:10:41
1:18:53
3:56:06
61.7327
03:43:1761.73
3 Jul
25
IM Germany
48:31
4:39:34
3:39:55
9:12:58
0
07:54:10-
7 May
9
IM 70.3 St. George
23:11
2:12:11
1:20:34
3:59:07
68.8214
03:48:2668.82
20 Mar
1
IM 70.3 Puerto Rico
24:17
2:04:24
1:17:47
3:50:53
84.8407
03:45:4584.84
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
10 Oct
3
IM Hawaii
52:24
4:26:13
2:55:46
8:18:50
95.8311
08:15:4495.83
16 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Timberman
24:02
2:09:00
1:16:34
3:51:29
81.2978
03:45:1081.30
12 Jul
4
IM 70.3 Vineman
22:44
2:05:22
1:17:40
3:49:16
73.1276
03:40:2373.13
31 May
2
IM Brasil
47:03
4:19:26
2:45:52
7:55:56
85.3262
07:45:4185.33
5 Apr
2
IM 70.3 Brasilia
24:20
1:59:03
1:16:20
3:42:40
79.2647
03:35:5779.26
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
6 Dec
DNF
Challenge Bahrain
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
03:33:57-
16 Nov
5
IM Arizona
48:07
4:26:03
2:53:01
8:11:00
79.7612
07:56:3279.76
11 Oct
32
IM Hawaii
51:04
4:37:02
3:52:30
9:25:13
0.997923
08:12:081.00
8 Jun
2
IM 70.3 Eagleman
25:42
2:05:25
1:14:39
3:47:32
73.6014
03:38:5273.60
4 May
1
IM 70.3 St. Croix
25:39
2:19:46
1:20:09
4:07:00
63.5639
03:54:1263.56
6 Apr
2
IM 70.3 Brasilia
24:10
2:05:42
1:16:56
3:49:39
56.1709
03:35:2956.17
2013
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
2 Nov
33
IM Florida
50:00
4:45:38
3:31:16
9:15:54
0
07:35:00-
12 Oct
5
IM Hawaii
51:04
4:35:37
2:51:07
8:22:25
80.7268
08:08:1880.73
8 Sep
8
IM 70.3 World Championship
23:33
2:16:11
1:16:32
3:59:36
0
--
26 May
1
IM Brasil
44:24
4:22:23
2:50:18
8:01:32
81.2344
07:48:2181.23
2012
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
13 Oct
8
IM Hawaii
51:37
4:44:15
2:53:59
8:33:28
78.0274
08:17:0578.03
9 Sep
4
IM 70.3 World Championship
23:28
2:14:02
1:15:51
3:56:35
0
--
24 Jun
2
IM Coeur d'Alene
49:20
4:56:22
2:52:59
8:41:36
49.6907
08:05:0049.69
2011
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
19 Nov
28
IM Arizona
48:43
4:22:58
3:44:23
8:59:36
1.08656
07:49:531.09
15 Oct
DNF
IM Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:10:17-
21 May
2
IM Texas
49:14
4:28:04
2:49:02
8:09:50
78.4569
07:54:3078.46
2010
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
13 Nov
3
IM 70.3 World Championship
23:20
2:04:52
1:12:43
3:44:18
0
--
31 Jul
2
ITU Long Distance
48:41
3:41:19
1:56:35
6:29:35
0
--
2009
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
14 Nov
12
IM 70.3 World Championship
21:52
2:04:02
1:13:06
3:42:17
0
--
21 Oct
1
ITU Long Distance
40:10
1:53:37
1:12:00
3:48:15
0
--
2008
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
8 Nov
16
IM 70.3 World Championship
22:54
2:04:22
1:21:18
3:51:50
0
--
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
86
33
2020
275
13
2019
290
10
2018
279
18
2017
275
16
2016
274
12
2015
262
14
2014
236
18
2013
228
10
2012
200
20
2011
79
109
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
94
14
2020
187
29
2019
193
17
2018
189
16
2017
184
20
2016
184
35
2015
179
41
2014
183
15
2013
182
10
2012
177
18
2011
171
12
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
91
19
2020
188
20
2019
188
24
2018
182
23
2017
182
20
2016
173
36
2015
170
27
2014
143
45
2013
134
28
2012
129
44
2011
120
44
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
73
73
2020
149
59
2019
171
39
2018
177
26
2017
168
34
2016
161
40
2015
161
30
2014
151
35
2013
151
21
2012
158
19
2011
89
109
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