A native of Shavertown, Penn. Timothy O'Donnell is familiar with many parts of this country due to corporate transfers with his father's profession. While in high school, O'Donnell was captain of the varsity swim team, where he set multiple school records, earning repeated district championships and All-State honors. Timothy graduated in 1999 in the top five percent of his class, earning recognition from the Cum Laude Society as well as the Scholar-Athlete award.
In January of 2007 O'Donnell was assigned to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. to train and compete for the 2008 Games. Along the way O'Donnell has continued to reign supreme at the Armed Forces Championships with six consecutive victories. He also earned spots on the US National Team and World Championships Team in both 2007 and 2008. In April of 2008 O'Donnell placed 6th at the US Olympic Trials in Tuscaloosa, Ala. While he did not qualify for the 2008 Olympics O'Donnell has benefited greatly from the entire experience.
After Trials O'Donnell decided to continue the quest for 2012. To pursue this dream he decided to transition from the Navy and focus completely on the sport. Two years removed from the Service, his potential in the non-drafting format has been realized with his success in the Ironman 70.3 races and a World Champion title at the 2009 ITU Long Distance World Championships. With such success O'Donnell is now pursuing long course racing. He now his sights set on winning the sport's greatest competition, the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
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