MEET RACHEL OLSON - PRO TRIATHLETE
Rachel is a small-but-mighty 4th year professional triathlete but is no stranger to endurance sports thanks to her extensive background in swimming. At the age of 4, she began summer league swimming and by age 10, began her year-round club swimming career. Running was also a passion of hers from a young age and ran cross country beginning in middle school. Early wake up calls and 20-hour workout weeks were normal for her at a young age, so it’s no wonder she found a place in the triathlon world.
In the final years of high school and after her first of two shoulder surgeries, her interest in triathlon grew by watching ITU races and the Ironman World Championships and being rehabbed by a female training for Ironman Texas. Rachel vowed she would race an Ironman one day, but first came her college swim career. By her junior year of college, the triathlon club got her a bike and asked her to jump into some racing. Her first sprint triathlon was in May of 2013 and an outright win of the whole event-she was hooked!
Rachel then worked up to her first half ironman in October of 2014, and then went on to try to perfect the distance over the next two years as an amateur. After winning the amateur titles at Buffalo Springs 70.3, Gulf Coast 70.3, and Boulder 70.3, she decided that 2018 would be the time to take it to the pro field. That year was a big learning year that led to a successful 2019 year-including a 2nd place at Eagleman 70.3, 4th at the South American Championships, and 6 out of 7 first out of the water placings.
2020 proved to be one of the most challenging years for Rachel with a bone injury on top of the pandemic, but also opened a huge window to take her professional career to the next level for 2021 and beyond. Rachel is beyond excited to work with Varlo to help improve her career while also making triathlon a more inclusive and positive space for all athletes.