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History

Barb Metz Lindquist began swimming in her hometown of Casper, Wyoming when she was eight. She became one of the Wyomingís best swimmers and was recruited to swim at Stanford University, where she was a member of the 1989 NCAA Championship Team. Swimming for the US National Team she won a gold and three silver medalist in the 1987 & 1991 Pan American Games. She was a finalist in three events (200m free, 400m free, 800m free) at the 1988 Swimming Olympic Trials. After graduating from Stanford with a B.A. in Human Biology in 1991, she retired from swimming and moved to Jackson, Wyoming. Barb enjoyed her freedom from school and swimming by trying other athletic activities-- trail running, cycling, telemark skiing, and Nordic skiing. After she began coaching the local swim team and high school swim teams, she started to dabble in triathlon. While training on a local cycling club ride, she met her future husband Loren Lindquist. On their first date Loren watched Barb compete in a triathlon and he saw the potential for Barb to turn professional. Barb began her professional career in 1996, a week after their wedding, with Loren as coach and manager. Team Lindquist was born.

Barbís amazing career highlights her consistency, perseverance, and excellence. Her list of achievements ranks her as one of triathlonís all time greats. Of her 134 career races, she won 33, stood on the podium 86 times, and had 114 top 10 finishes. She represented the USA in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, placing 9th. She was a member of the USA Triathlon World Championship Team for 10 straight years- every year she raced as a pro- with her best finish being a silver medal in 2002 in Cancun, Mexico. In 2003 she was a finalist for the Sullivan Award and also ranked second in the ESPN Poll behind Michelle Ackers as the best US female athlete. She won the prestigious Australian Triathlon Series twice, a series no non-Australian has ever won. Barbís consistency in racing solidified her as the #1 World Ranked Triathlete from February 2003 through 2004, a spot held longer than any other male or female in the sport.

Lindquist made it to the top of the sport by dedication to hard work, an easy-going spirit, and insights from husband and coach, Loren. Her "off the front" racing style and her ability to leave it all out on the course have gained her the respect of her competitors and admiration of fans around the world. Barb's passion to the sport is balanced by her Christian faith and joy of life in her home state of Wyoming. Barb loves to tell people, "I have the best office in the world."

In 2005 she retired from racing and has begun to share her love and knowledge of the sport with other athletes, through coaching, public speaking and conducting clinics with husband Loren. The winter of 2005-6 is the first winter in eight years she hasnít spent in Australia racing and training, so Barb has enjoyed reconnecting with her Nordic skis. She will feed the competitor within by racing in three classic and skate races this winter.




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