Runner, Triathlete, Engineer
My goal is to represent the USA in the 2020 Olympics.
I’ve worked hard my entire life through training and improving the natural ability I’ve been given. I started running and swimming in elementary school and competed in kids triathlons. In high school I swam, ran track and cross country, and competed at the Youth and Junior level in triathlon. My Junior triathlon career culminated with a bronze medal at World Championships in Beijing in 2011.
When I graduated from high school, my triathlon career was put on the back burner (but never out of reach) as I focused on running track and cross country for the University of Michigan while earning a degree in aerospace engineering.
In January 2017, I began my transition back to triathlon and earned my elite license in March. I am a member of the USA Triathlon development team and am being coached by Greg Mueller of Team Innovative Endurance.
Having fine-tuned my running skills while at Michigan, earned an engineering degree, and now conducting aerodynamic research and development work for Specialized Bicycles, I am in a unique position to combine my engineering expertise, athletic skills, and lifelong passion for sport toward my quest to earn a spot on the USA Olympic Team in triathlon.
I am committed to spending the next four years in preparation for Tokyo 2020. To date, USA Triathlon, Specialized Bicycles, ROKA, and Quarq are on board as major sponsors for this long journey. Please consider following my progress and joining these and other sponsors in support of my dream "Tony's Triathlon Trail to Tokyo 2020."
Thank you, Tony Smoragiewicz
Olympic Triathlon History
The 2000 Summer Olympics saw the first appearance of the triathlon. Fort-eight women and 52 men competed in triathlon’s Olympic debut. The Olympic distance triathlon is comprised of a 1.5 km (0.93 mi) swim, 40 km (24.9 mi) bike, and a 10 km (6.2 mi) run. The 2004 triathlon was identical to the first in distance, but the 100-athlete quota was evened between 50 women and 50 men. The quota was further increased to 55 women and 55 men for the 2008 Olympics and has remained the same for 2012 and 2016.
The men's triathlon at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place in Rio on August 18. A total of 55 men from 31 nations competed. Alistair Brownlee (Great Britain) became the first man to defend his Olympic triathlon title after his previous win at the 2012 Olympics. His younger brother Jonathan, finished in second place and added another Olympic medal to his collection after earning bronze in 2012. Henri Schoeman took the bronze and became the first South African to win an Olympic medal in triathlon.
US triathlete, Gwen Jorgenson, earned a gold medal for her first-place finish in Rio. Susan Williams is the only other American triathlete to have earned an Olympic medal, bronze in Athens 2004. The US men have yet to earn an Olympic medal in triathlon.