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O'Donnell Ends Military Service to Focus on Triathlon Career, 2012 Olympics
Tim O'Donnell, the U.S. Navy's six-time Armed Forces National Champion, announced today that he will be moving on from the Navy to focus on triathlon and his aspirations for the 2012 Olympics in London.
The 2003 USAT U23 National Champion, Lt. O'Donnell has been a part of the Navy's Special Operations community for the past five years and is a trained Navy Diver. During his time in the community, O'Donnell was given the distinct honor to represent the Navy on a world class level as part of the Navy Sports Program. In addition to winning six consecutive Armed Forces Championships, setting the course record and leading the Navy to several Men's Team titles, O'Donnell also represented the United States at four Military World Championships, two ITU World Championships, the U.S. Olympic Trials and numerous ITU World Cups across the globe. While competing O'Donnell served as an ambassador through sport for the Navy, interacting with local and global communities and bringing valuable print, radio and television exposure to his service and country.
"I am extremely indebted to the Navy for the wonderful opportunity they have given me over my career. I could not have asked for better support in my quest for the Olympics," O'Donnell said. "It has been my greatest honor to represent our country's sailors in the realm of international triathlon. Not only is my dedication to training and desire to push the limits of physical and mental fortitude representative of the attitudes of our nation's sailors, it has been inspired by them and all they have done for our country."