Katie Zaferes

United States of America
USA
SLT Rankings The SLT Rankings rank athletes by their performances in Super League and ITU events. For more, visit Stats Hub.
Overall 2
Swim 11
Bike 9
Run 4
Podiums 14
Wins 8
Races 9

Katie Zaferes has gone from thinking that she didn’t stand a chance of earning a living from triathlon to becoming a World and two-time Super League champion. Katie grew up in Hampstead, Maryland, USA, and was always an active child. However, her focus was on playing sport for fun and being with her friends as she focussed on soccer and Lacrosse.

She was also a keen swimmer as well as a runner, representing North Carroll High School. Triathlon was a hobby – she raced for the first time in a local event with her dad after school one day – and thoughts of a career were not even on the horizon until she was encouraged to take part in collegiate recruitment programmes.

Even then, Katie wasn’t so sure. Her father set off with her on a long trek, driving her 14 hours until, one hour away from the spot where she would compete to get into the USAT programme, she changed her mind and urged him to stop the car and take her home. He talked her into completing the journey, and Katie has never looked back.

The Syracuse University graduate initially found the going tough, regularly feeling as if she was struggling in races against her peers, but soon warmed into it and stepped into the elite ranks in 2013, where she enjoyed quick success by winning two ITU World Cup races. Things really took an upward trajectory for Katie when she teamed up with Joel Filliol in 2014, having been so desperate to work with him that she begged him to coach her.

Katie was then on a very steady rise to the top. Over the course of five years, she finished 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd and, in 2019, 1st in the WTS Series, finally realising her dream of becoming World Champion and competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Zaferes was also proving her worth in the super short course arena of Super League Triathlon as she won the 2018 season and finished top of the rankings again in 2019.

Katie faced a nervous wait to see whether she would be selected for the USA team for the Tokyo Olympics, but got the nod. She showed great resilience to get herself in top shape despite dealing with the tragic loss of her father and produced a stunning race to take a bronze medal in the individual event and backed that up with a silver in the Mixed Team relay.

She lives with her husband, Tommy, a fellow professional triathlete and triathlon photographer.

Race Results

Championship Season 21
Rank #3
Points 24
RESULTS
Rank
Points
Jerseys
London
#4
12
 
Munich
#4
12
 
Jersey
TBD
TBD
 
Malibu
TBD
TBD
 
Jerseys Points
Swim
Bike
Run
Season 21
 
 
1
London
 
 
 
Munich
 
 
1
Jersey
 
 
 
Malibu
 
 
 

RR - Race Ready | TBD - To Be Determined | DNS - Did Not Start | DNF - Did Not Finish

Championship Season 19 »
Rank #1
Points 29
RESULTS
Rank
Points
Jerseys
Jersey
#2
14
1 run run leader
Malta
#1
15
1 overall overall leader
Championship Season 18 »
Rank #1
Points 113
Jerseys
1 overall overall leader
RESULTS
Jersey
Malta
Mallorca
Singapore
#1
#1
#2
#2

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Other Info

World Triathlon Ranking
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World Triathlon Podiums
World Triathlon Wins
Age
32 (1989)
Weight
63kg (138.9 lbs)
Height
1.71m (5'7")

Race Appearances

Championship 2021

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Malibu 25 Sep 2021

Championship 2021

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Jersey 18 Sep 2021

Championship 2021

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Munich 12 Sep 2021

Championship 2021

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London 5 Sep 2021

Championship 2019

Malta 19-20 Oct 2019

Championship 2019

Jersey 28-29 Sep 2019

Championship 2018

Singapore 23-24 Feb 2019

Championship 2018

Mallorca 3-4 Nov 2018

Championship 2018

Malta 26-28 Oct 2018

Championship 2018

Jersey 28-30 Sep 2018

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