Joanna Sue Zeiger (born May 4, 1970, in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American triathlete who is the 2008 Ironman 70.3 world champion. Zeiger represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics in triathlon.[1]


Zeiger first began competing in swimming. She attended Brown University where she held the school records in the 500-yard (460 m) freestyle, 1,000-yard (910 m) freestyle, and 1,650-yard (1,510 m) freestyle which she set in 1991. Zeiger received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2001.[2][3] Competitive running and cycling were added to her repertoire in 1992 and 1993.

Zeiger competed at the first Olympic triathlon at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She placed fourth with a total time of 2:01:25.74. Her split times were 19:45.58 for the swim, 1:05:38.30 for the cycling, and 0:36:01.86 for the run.[1]

In 2008, Zeiger won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Clearwater, Florida with a time of 4:02.49.[4]


Zeiger named the 1997 Amateur Triathlete of the Year.[5] In 1998, she was named 1998 USA Triathlon's Rookie of the year and in 2000 the USOC Triathlete of the year.[6] Zeiger was honored by the Jewish Sports Hall of fame in March 2001.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Joanna Zeiger". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ Gandolfo, Christina (2005). The woman triathlete. Human Kinetics. p. 237. ISBN 978-0-7360-5430-0. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ McMullen, Paul (2006). Amazing Pace: The Story of Olympic Champion Michael Phelps from Sydney to Athens to Beijing. Rodale. pp. 118–119. ISBN 978-1-59486-326-4. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Timothy, Timothy (November 12, 2008). "Fast Times at Clearwater Beach". Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Athlete Biography". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "USA Triathlon Athlete Bios" (PDF). United States Olympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Olympic Triathlon Trials". The Tuscaloosa News. April 18, 2008. p. 2F. 

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