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Siri Lindley
Personal information
Full nameSiri Elizabeth Lindley
Born (1969-05-26) May 26, 1969 (age 55)[1][2]
Greenwich, Connecticut
OccupationTriathlon coach/Keynote Speaker/Animal Welfare Activist
TeamTeam Sirius
Turned pro1996
Medal record
Representing  United States
Women's triathlon
ITU World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 Edmonton Elite
ITU Triathlon World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2001 Elite
Gold medal – first place 2002 Elite
ITU Duathlon World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2000 Elite
ITU Aquathlon World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 Elite

Siri Lindley (born May 26, 1969) is an American triathlon coach and former professional triathlete. She is the 2001 ITU Triathlon World Champion as well as the winner of the 2001 and 2002 ITU Triathlon World Cup series and 2001 ITU Aquathlon World Championships. She has coached a number of Olympic and Ironman athletes and champions, including Mirinda Carfrae, Leanda Cave, Sarah True, and Susan Williams. In 2014, she was selected to be a member of the inaugural International Triathlon Union (ITU) Hall of Fame class.[3]

In addition to coaching Lindley works as a public speaker and author.[4] She has also worked as a television sports analyst covering triathlon and field hockey events for NBC during the 2004 Summer Olympics.[5] She has reported on NCAA Field Hockey, the NCAA Final Four, and the Big 10 Tournament for NBC, CSTV, and TVNZ.[6]



Lindley grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, as an athletic and shy child.[7] She attended Greenwich High School, where she played field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse.[8] She later attended Brown University, where she played at the varsity level in the same three sports and graduated with a degree in psychology.[9][10] Following graduation, she spent two years coaching field hockey and lacrosse – one year at Princeton University and one year at Lehigh University.[9]

In 1992 Lindley competed in her first triathlon without having much prior knowledge or training in swimming.[7] She trained while working 60-hour weeks at a local YMCA in Worcester, Massachusetts.[11][7]

In 1996 she began competing in ITU World Cup races and was consistently producing top-10 finishes in 1999 under coach Jack Ralston.[12] By 2000 she was focusing on qualifying for the 2000 Summer Olympics, the year the triathlon was making its first appearance in the Olympic program. At the U.S. Olympic Trials in Dallas, Lindley failed to take one of the top two spots in the race to qualify, but instead took third and accompanied the team to Sydney as an alternate.[7][13] Thereafter, she made some changes in her training, including joining coach Brett Sutton's squad at the suggestion of Loretta Harrop.[12] Soon after joining his squad, Sutton had her race in the 2000 ITU Duathlon World Championships, where she took second place.[14]

In 2001, she won six consecutive ITU World Cup races and captured the ITU World Championship title, accumulating enough points to be ranked as the top female ITU triathlete in the world.[11] The next year, in 2002, she maintained her No. 1 ranking while repeating as the winner of the World Cup series.[11] After that year, she decided to retire from triathlon competition to pursue what she considered her true career calling as a coach.[7] She credits much of her success in 2001 and 2002, when she won 11 World Cup races, as well as her success as a coach, to Sutton.[12]


Among her accomplishments as a coach is coaching Susan Williams to an Olympic Bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics, and Mirinda Carfrae to three Ironman World Championships.[10] and one 70.3 World Championship 2007. In 2012, Lindley also coached Leanda Cave to an Ironman World Championship and a 70.3 World Championship in the same year.[15]

Lindley is the author of Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly.[16] Additionally, she is a speaker with Keppler Speakers[4] as well as being involved in speaking engagements with Tony Robbins.[17] She is the co-founder of Believe Ranch and Rescue, a non-profit focused on rescuing horses from slaughter.[18] For this work Denver7 awarded Lindley and her spouse Keat the 7Everyday Heroes Award for their work saving horses from slaughter and caring for them or finding them homes.[19]


Lindley is married to former professional triathlete Rebekah Keat. In November 2019 she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and participated in a clinical trial at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.[20] The following year she was declared cancer-free after receiving results from her latest bone marrow biopsy.[21]

ITU results[edit]


  • 2018 Boulder Colorado Sports Hall of Fame[23]
  • 2016 USA Triathlon Hall of Fame[24]
  • 2014 International Triathlon Union Hall of Fame[25]
  • 2007 Brown Athletic Hall of Fame[6]
  • 2001 Female Duathlete of the Year
  • 2001 Triathlon Magazine's Triathlete of the Year[26]


  1. ^ Lindley, Siri [@SELTS] (May 26, 2014). "Thank you" (Tweet). Retrieved March 9, 2018 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Sherwood, Merryn (February 12, 2015). "Throwback Thursday: Siri Lindley". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Siri Lindley Field Hockey, Ice Hockey and Lacrosse". Brown Bears. Retrieved 2024-05-22.
  4. ^ a b "Siri Lindley". Keppler Speakers. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "How do you find an announcer for Olympic badminton?". Maryland Daily Record. 2004-06-18. Retrieved 2024-03-19.
  6. ^ a b "Siri E. Lindley". brownbears.com. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e Cook, Sam (February 4, 2015). "Episode 028 – Siri Lindley: Right Coaches, Right Athletes". Triathlon Research. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Interview with a Beginner Triathlete". siri-lindley.com. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "An interview with Siri Lindley '91". Brown University. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Carlson, Timothy (March 12, 2014). "The education of a coach". Slowtwitch.com. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "ITU Hall of Fame profile". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  12. ^ a b c Krabel, Herbert (January 18, 2011). "The great Siri Lindley". Slowtwitch.com. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  13. ^ Colvin, Jennifer (May 27, 2000). "Taormina and Zieger Earn Spots on 2000 Olympic Triathlon Team". Active.com. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Duathlon World Championship - Calais 2000 - Women". bestsports.com. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  15. ^ "Siri Lindley - Team Sirius". tstc.siriandbek.com. Retrieved 2024-02-28.
  16. ^ Lindley, Siri (October 10, 2016). Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly. VeloPress. p. 240. ISBN 9781937716851.
  17. ^ "How To make the decision to do the impossible". tonyrobbins.com. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  18. ^ "Who We Are". Believe Ranch and Rescue. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  19. ^ "7Everyday Hero and triathlon world champion diagnosed with cancer". KMGH. 2020-01-03. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  20. ^ "Support, love pours in for Longmont woman diagnosed with cancer". Boulder Daily Camera. 2020-01-01. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  21. ^ Lindbury, Emma-Kate (July 22, 2020). "Siri Lindley Wins Her Greatest Battle—Recovery". Triathlete. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  22. ^ "ITU Results". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  23. ^ "Boulder Sports Hall of Fame Induction". Museum of Boulder. May 6, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  24. ^ Kelly, Michael (January 15, 2016). "Boulder's Siri Lindley set to enter USA Triathlon Hall of Fame". Daily Camera. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  25. ^ "World Triathlon announces 2023 Hall of Fame". World Triathlon. 2023-09-20. Retrieved 2024-03-19.
  26. ^ "Siri Lindley | World Triathlon Hall of Fame". World Triathlon. Retrieved 2024-03-19.

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