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Meet Paris 2024 Olympian Morgan Pearson

by USA Triathlon

One-half of the men’s U.S. Olympic Team is represented by Morgan Pearson, who was born and raised in New Jersey!

Pearson’s triathlon journey started a bit later in life, but he has steadily made his name known among triathletes across the world. Learn more about Morgan and his story below!

Name: Morgan Pearson
Age: 30 (Sept. 22, 1993)
Hometown: New Vernon, N.J.
Current Residence: Boulder, Colo.
College: University of Colorado at Boulder

Pearson is originally from Spring Lake, New Jersey, where he grew up as a competitive swimmer, ocean lifeguard, and promising high school runner. He went on to run cross-country and track & field at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was a seven-time All-American.

He got his start in elite triathlon after contacting USA Triathlon and training at a few development camps. He won the overall title at the USA Triathlon Age Group Sprint National Championships in 2017, and debuted as an elite triathlete in 2018.

He experienced a breakout 2021 season, winning bronze in Yokohama to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games, and silver in Leeds, England, to become the first U.S. male to earn multiple World Triathlon Championship Series medals.

He'd go on to anchor the silver-medal-winning U.S. Mixed Relay team at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Find out some of Morgan's favorite things and interesting facts below!

Can you tell us something quirky about yourself that people may be amused to learn?

I love John Mayer.

What top 5 songs are on your pre-race playlist?

Your body is a wonderland, John Mayer

Waiting on the world to change - John Mayer

Who Says - John Mayer

Daughters - John Mayer

Why Georgia - John Mayer

Favorite movie:

JOHN MAYER Live At The PBS Austin City Limits 2006

Favorite bike ride location?

Park City, Utah

What websites do you frequent daily?

Who is your favorite teammate to train with/travel with?

My Shadow because he never slows me down.

What's a big obstacle you have overcome in your life?

When my brother passed away, and I qualified for Tokyo Olympics 10 weeks later.

Career Highlights

2024 World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama, 1st Place

2020 U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist, Mixed Relay
4-time World Triathlon Championship Series medalist (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
2022 silver medalist at World Triathlon Chamionship Finals

Olympic Experience
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, silver (Mixed Relay), 42nd (Individual)