Jul 20, 1991
Name: Summer Rappaport (née Cook)
Birthdate: July 25, 1991
Birthplace: Denver, Colo.
Hometown: Thornton, Colo.
Current Residence: Lafayette, Colo.
High School: Mountain Range High School
College: Villanova ’13, Political Science
- One-time Olympian (2020)
- Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, 14th
2020 U.S. Olympian, 14th
2019 ITU World Triathlon Series overall rankings, 5th
6-time ITU World Triathlon Series medalist (1 gold, 3 silvers, 2 bronze)
14-time World Triathlon World Cup medalist (8 golds, 4 silvers, 2 bronze)
2-time ITU World Mixed Relay Series bronze medalist
3-time CAMTRI/PATCO American Cup medalist (1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze)
2-time ETU Triathlon European Cup gold medalist
2014 Brasilia FISU World University Triathlon Championships team gold medalist
Summer Rappaport, the first athlete to qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, was a member of the NCAA Division I swim and cross-country teams at Villanova University. As a collegiate swimmer, Rappaport placed in the top eight of the Big East Championship in each of her four years. Throughout her cross-country career, she earned 2011-12 Academic honors, 2012 All-Mid-Atlantic Region, 2012 All-Big East, and placed fourth at the 2013 Big East Championships in the 5,000. After college, she joined the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program, and began competing as an elite triathlete in March 2014. She says triathlon appeals to her because “training for three sports keeps things interesting and less repetitive,” and running is her favorite discipline. Rappaport trains with The Triathlon Squad, an elite international training group coached by Paulo Sousa.
Elite Triathlon Career
2022: Began her season by competing at the 2022 Europe Triathlon Cup Quarteira on March 26, but had a DNF finish • Placed 46th at the 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds in Great Britian on June 11 • Had a top-ten finish by placing fifth at the 2022 World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships Montreal in Canada on June 25 • Earned the bronze medal as a part of the Team USA Mixed Relay team alongside Seth Rider, Taylor Spivey and Kevin McDowell at Relay Championships in Montreal, Canada on June 26 • Only July 9 she placed 26th at the World Triathlon Championship Series event in Hamburg, Germany • Claimed the bronze medal at the 2022 Europe Triathlon Mixed Relay Club Championships Banyoles in Spain as a member of Team Metz Triathlon on August 27 • Competed in her first World Triathlon Cup of the season in Valencia, Spain on September 3 and finished sixth • Claimed the bronze medal at the World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic on September 11 • Placed 27th at the World Triathlon Championship Series Cagliari in Italy on October 8 • Finished 25th on November 6 at the World Triathlon Championship Series in Bermuda • Ended her season placing 28th at the 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series World Championship in Abu Dhabi, UAE on November 25.
2021: Started the season with a sixth-place finish at the Europe Triathlon Cup Melilla on April 18 • Earned a silver medal at the World Triathlon Championship Series in Yokohama, Japan, on May 15, sharing the podium with gold medalist and U.S. teammate Taylor Knibb • Took ninth at the World Triathlon Cup Lisbon on May 23 • Placed 14th in her Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on July 27 • Finished 16th at the World Triathlon Championship Series Final in Edmonton, Canada on August 21 • Claimed the bronze medal at the HAMBURG WASSER 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg on Sept. 18, with points counting toward the 2022 WTCS rankings • Was part of the mixed relay team who placed fifth at the HAMBURG WASSER 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series on Sept. 19 alongside Erika Ackerlund, Chase McQueen and Austin Hindman with points counting towards the 2022 WTCS mixed relay rankings • Finished 17th at the World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi on November 5, with all points earned tallied towards the 2022 WTCS season rankings
2020: Raced once in the shortened 2020 season, placing 17th at the Hamburg World Triathlon Championships on Sept. 5
2019: Started the season strong with a silver-medal performance at the Cape Town ITU Triathlon World Cup on Feb. 10 • Finished in 35th at the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi on March 8 • Finished in 12th at the ITU World Triathlon Bermuda on April 27 • Earned a silver medal at the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama as part of a USA podium sweep on May 18 • Earned a gold medal at the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup on June 9 • Placed 3rd at the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon on July 6 • Earned silver at the ITU World Triathlon Edmonton on July 20 • Teamed up with Taylor Knibb, Morgan Pearson, and Seth Rider to win bronze at the ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Edmonton on July 21 • Qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team with a fifth-place finish at the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event held at Odaiba Marine Park on Aug. 15 • Teamed up with Seth Rider, Tamara Gorman and Ben Kanute to earn bronze in the ITU World Mixed Relay Series event in Tokyo on Aug. 18 • Placed 16th at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Aug. 31, securing a fifth-place finish in the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Series overall standings
2018: Closed her season with a win at the Miyazaki ITU Triathlon World Cup on Nov. 10, marking her seventh career ITU World Cup victory • Placed 41st at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sept. 15, finishing the Series ranked 25th overall • Finished 25th at ITU World Triathlon Montreal on August 25 • Placed 8th at ITU World Triathlon Edmonton on July 27 • Finished 21st in the ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 14 • Claimed a victory at the Antwerp ITU Triathlon World Cup on June 17 • Finished sixth at ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on May 12 • Took 19th at ITU World Triathlon Bermuda on April 28 • Placed 21st at the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup on March 25
2017: Finished the season with two consecutive ITU World Cup wins in Tongyeong, South Korea, on Oct. 28, and Miyazaki, Japan, on Nov. 4 • Placed ninth at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Sept. 14, placing 10th overall in the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series • Earned bronze at the Karlovy Vary ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sept. 3 • Came away with the victory at the Yucatan ITU Triathlon World Cup on Aug. 12 • Recorded a fourth-place finish at ITU World Triathlon Edmonton on July 28 • Placed 29th at ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 15 • Earned a gold medal at the Altafulla ETU Triathlon European Cup on July 2 • Placed 12th at both ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast on April 8 and ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on May 13 • Took sixth at the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup on April 2 • Opened the season with a 23rd-place finish at ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi on March 3
2016: Won silver at the Miyazaki ITU Triathlon World Cup on Oct. 29, marking her third consecutive World Cup podium • Took the win at the Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup on Oct. 22 • Earned a silver medal at the Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sept. 25 • Reached the WTS podium for the first time with a gold-medal performance at ITU World Triathlon Edmonton on Sept. 3 • Took 26th at the Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup on Aug. 7 • Placed 14th at ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on May 14 • Won her first career ITU World Cup title on April 16 in Chengdu, China • Finished eighth at the New Plymouth ITU World Cup on April 3 • Opened her ITU season with a 39th place effort at the Mooloolaba World Cup
2015: Closed out the year with two podium finishes, first at the Alanya ITU World Cup on Oct. 17, where she won silver, followed by a gold medal at the Catania ETU Triathlon European Cup on Oct. 25 • Was 10th at the Cozumel ITU World Cup on Oct. 4 • Took the silver medal at the Dallas CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup on June 6 • Finished fourth at the Chengdu ITU World Cup on May 9 • Won the Sarasota CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup just one week after finishing second at the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup in March
2014: Made her ITU World Cup debut on Sept. 27 in Alanya, finishing 33rd, and then raced an ITU World Cup event in Cartagena on Oct. 12, finishing 32nd • Posted a string of top-five finishes at ITU Continental Cup events, including fourth in Toronto on July 12, third in Mogog on July 19, fourth in Kelowna on Aug. 17 and fifth in Monterrey on Sept. 7 • Made her ITU debut at the Dallas PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships on May 31, finishing eighth among Under-23 women and 13th overall • Finished fifth at the Brasilia FISU World University Triathlon Championships on April 20