Did you Know?
With three Olympic appearances under his belt, Kemper’s run at a fourth U.S. Olympic Team looked in doubt after he suffered a broken elbow in October 2011 and developed a subsequent staph infection that left him unable to train for eight weeks in early 2012. With the second and final automatic qualifier on the horizon in May, the father of three quietly worked his way back to top form and proved he is a big-race performer by finishing fifth at the ITU World Triathlon San Diego on May 12 to secure his place as the only four-time member of the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team.
Kemper in Exclusive Company
Hunter Kemper is one of just three athletes to have qualified for all four Olympic triathlons since the sport made its debut in Sydney in 2000. Canada’s Simon Whitfield and Germany’s Anja Dittmer join Kemper in this exclusive club. The 36-year-old Kemper has been the top U.S. men’s finisher in each Olympic triathlon with a best showing of seventh in Beijing in 2008.
Getting to Know
• Ranks as the only American to qualify for all four Olympic triathlons
• Father of three sons — Davis, Hudson and Case
• Proudest moment in triathlon: “Finishing the 2005 season ranked No. 1 in the world and being named USOC SportsMan of the Year”
• Pre-race superstitions: “I usually don’t train at all two days before the race and I eat pizza the night before the race.”
• Favorite all-time Olympic moment: “Watching the Dream Team win the gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Games. Amazing!”
• Favorite professional sports teams are the Orlando Magic, Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos
• On June 14, 2003, Kemper married Val Sterk, a former All-American volleyball player at Michigan State University and a former member of the U.S. national volleyball team. The two met while training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
• Became the first professional triathlete to be featured on the front of the Wheaties cereal box in 2007
Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterkemper
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