PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 18, 2009) – Fuji bicycles is proud to announce its newest sponsored athlete, Timothy O’Donnell. A competitive triathlete since he was a junior at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001, Tim has achieved incredible success in a short amount of time – most recently having smashed the course record at the St. Croix 70.3.
“We are more than excited to bring Tim on board,” said Karen Bliss, Fuji’s Director of Marketing. “He impressed me at the 2007 Eilat World Cup where he was the second American to finish behind our other Fuji-sponsored triathlete, Matt Reed. Now that I know more about him – and his incredible accomplishments both on and off the bike – I’m convinced Tim’s the guy to watch in 2009 and beyond.”
As a student, a Navy serviceman and an athlete, O’Donnell has achieved more in his 27 years than many people do in a lifetime. In high school, O’Donnell was elected captain of the varsity swim team, where he set multiple school records, earning repeated district championships and All-State honors.
He reported to the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland where he was a member of the varsity swim team until his brother, who was attending at the same time, convinced him to try out for the triathlon team. At the start of his junior year, O’Donnell devoted his time fully to triathlon. Success in the sport soon followed as he led the Naval Academy to two U.S. National Triathlon Championship titles.
In May 2003, he graduated the USNA with Honors and earned one of only 50 scholarships offered for the Immediate Graduate Education Program in the United States Navy. He attended the University of California, Berkeley to study Ocean Engineering where he also continued to train for triathlon. Still an ensign in the Navy, O’Donnell managed to capture six Armed Forces Triathlon Championship titles as well as the Under-23 U.S. National Triathlon Championship. He graduated with a Master of Engineering in 2005.
O’Donnell has also earned spots on the U.S. National and World Championship Teams in 2007 and 2008 and placed 6th at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Starting this year, O’Donnell transitioned out of the service and began focusing on triathlon full-time. While he plans to continue racing Olympic format, he is also competing in non-drafting races including several Ironman 70.3s.
source: Kaitlyn Gang