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Did you know that Hunter won the first triathlon he ever competed in at the age of 10? He then went on to win 5 consecutive Ironkids National Championships. Hunter is passionate about sharing triathlon with kids and giving them the opportunity to experience the sport that he fell in love with at the age of 10.
4 Time Olympian
7 Time US Elite National Champion
Hunter Kemper is the most decorated U.S. triathlete in history. A four-time member of the USA Olympic triathlon team, he is one of only two men in the world to qualify for every Olympic triathlon (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012).
Kemper has won seven USA Triathlon Elite National Championships. In 2005, he became the first U.S. male triathlete to finish the season ranked No. 1 in the world and was selected as the U.S Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year, joining the ranks of Olympic legends such as Michael Phelps and Michael Johnson. That year, he also received the prestigious Jim Thorpe All-Around Award. Other career highlights include earning the gold medal at the Pan Am Games (2003) and gracing the cover of a Wheaties box four times.
A competitive swimmer by the age of six, Kemper entered his first IronKids triathlon at age 10 and won his age division race. He went on to win five consecutive IronKids national championships before attending Wake Forest University, where he was a four-year letterwinner in cross country and track. He captured the USA Triathlon Amateur National Championship in 1997 and turned pro the next year.
Kemper’s stellar career in triathlon is a testament to the power of hard work, determination and perseverance. On more than one occasion, he has battled back from devastating illness or injury – including a shattered elbow and subsequent staph infection that kept him out of action for several months in 2011-12 – to turn in an outstanding race performance when it mattered most. He continues to compete at the highest level of the sport and is eyeing a bid for a record-breaking fifth U.S. Olympic Team berth in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
A devoted family man, Kemper and his wife, Val, are the parents of three young sons and a little girl. His love for kids and his desire to help them achieve their goals is a passion of Hunter's as he looks to his future beyond competitive racing.