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Sheila Taormina

Full name: Sheila Christine Taormina
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Born: March 18, 1969 in Livonia, Michigan, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Triathlon, Modern Pentathlon, Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Sheila Taormina was on the swim team at the University of Georgia, making All-American for four straight years and winning the 400 IM at the Southeastern Conference Championships in her senior year. Taormina made the US Olympic swim team in 1996 and won a gold medal in the 4 x 200 freestyle relay. In 1999 she turned her swim and endurance talents to the triathlon and began competing internationally in that sport. She became one of the world’s top triathletes, winning three World Cup races, one each in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Her 2003 victory was in Madeira, Spain, and on that same course, she won the 2004 ITU World Championships. In 2005 she was also World Champion in the aquathlon (swimming and running). Taormina competed at the Olympics in both 2000 and 2004 in the triathlon, her best finish being sixth in 2000 in the Olympic race.

After the 2004 Olympics Taormina set her sights on another sport – the modern pentathlon. Her swimming talent and triathlon abilities helped her in the swim and run phases, but the other sports were new to her. But her obvious athletic talent served her well and she became a top international competitor. In early 2008 she qualified for the US Olympic modern pentathlon team, becoming the first woman to compete at the Olympics in three distinct sports.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Triathlon Women's Olympic Distance United States USA 6
2004 Summer 35 Athina Triathlon Women's Olympic Distance United States USA 23
2008 Summer 39 Beijing Modern Pentathlon Women's Individual United States USA 19

Women's Olympic Distance

Women's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS S P W L T TP OP WUP P
2008 Summer 39 Beijing Modern Pentathlon United States Final Standings 19 5.304
2008 Summer 39 Beijing Modern Pentathlon United States Shooting 28 1.012 173 0
2008 Summer 39 Beijing Modern Pentathlon United States Fencing 36 496 0 4 31
2008 Summer 39 Beijing Modern Pentathlon United States Swimming 1 OR 1.376 2:08.86
2008 Summer 39 Beijing Modern Pentathlon United States Riding 1 1.200 1:11.54 0 0 0
2008 Summer 39 Beijing Modern Pentathlon United States Running 7 1.220 10:25.05 0

Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming United States USA Final 1 OR 7:59.87 2:01.29 5:59.86
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Two 1 QU/OR 8:04.99 2:00.57 6:03.65
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