Shelly O'Brien


About Shelly

Other Tidbits


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USA Triathlon Level 3
International Elite Development Coach
USA Cycling
Certified Personal Trainer

  • Owner & Head Coach IconOne Multisport,
    a USAT designated High Perfomance Team for Elite and Age-Group athletes.
  • Owner & Head Coach Team Gecko
    a non-profit Youth Triathlon Team dedicated to athletes age 7-15
  • USA Triathlon Regional Athlete Development Coordinator (RADC)
  • Camp Director
    • 2010 SMW Regional Collegiate Camp. Lubbock, Texas
    • 2008 - 2010 Pan American Elite / USAT National Junior Select Camp – Central. San Antonio, TX
    • 2007 - 2010 USAT National Skills Camp – Central. San Antonio, TX.
  • 2009 Coached Athlete Highlights
    • ITU World Championships AG 16-19. Female finished 6th. Male finished 14th. Gold Coast, Australia.
    • USAT Junior National Championships. (2) Top 5 finishes. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    • USAT Sprint National Championship. 4th & 8th place finishes M16-19. California.
    • Pan American Championships. 12th place Female Junior Elite. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
    • USAT Youth/Junior Elite Cup. 5 top 10 finishes. Strawberry Fields, California.
  • 2008 Assistant Coach Elite Development Camp. Colorado Springs, CO.
  • 2008 Coached Athlete Highlights
    • USA Triathlon All-American Honors (5 athletes) and Honorable Mention (1 athlete).
    • IconOne athletes received both the Male and Female USAT Junior Elite Athlete of the Year awards.
    • ITU World Championshipship AG 16-19. (2) Athletes finished in the Top 8. Vancouver, Canada
    • USA Triathlon Junior Elite Female Champion. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    • Youth & Junior Elite National Championships 6 athletes finished in the Top 10. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    • HalfMax Championship AG 50-54. 8th. Las Vegas, Nevada
    • 70.3 World Championship Participant AG 30-34. Clermont, FL.
    • IronMan Wisconsin 2 Athletes were top AG finishers. Madison, WI.
  • Prior to 2008
    • Numerous Age-Group World Championship participants and IronMan finishers.

 About Shelly

Equestrian and Tetrathlete
Originally from Council Bluffs, Iowa, Shelly established herself as a top national competitor in the equestrian world. Gaining recognition through the United States Pony Club , Shelly earned two national championship titles and a top six world championship finish in tetrathlon (swim, run, shooting, cross-country equestrian riding).

Collegiate and High School Athlete
During high school, she became one of Iowa's premier cross-country runners and excelled at the 400 meter distance. She regards her participation in the prestigious Drake relays on two different occasions as a career highlight. She then competed at the collegiate level in swimming, fencing and soccer at Sweet Briar College, where she also earned a degree in Sports Medicine.

After college, Shelly moved to San Antonio, Texas, since at that time the city held the Olympic Training Center for modern pentathlon (fencing, swim, run, shooting, cross-country equestrian riding). Her pentathlon career peaked with an individual gold medal performance at the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival.

Triathlete and Duathlete
Following the International Olympic Committee decision not to include women's pentathlon in the 1996 Olympic Games, Shelly began looking for another sport in which to compete at the Olympic level. She turned to triathlon.

Since 1998, Shelly remains a top competitor in triathlon (and duathlon) at the national, regional and local levels. She's also qualified for and has participated in numerous Team USA rosters for the ITU World Championships in both triathlon and duathlon.

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... Other tidbits

Name: Shelly Lynn O'Brien

Hometown: Crescent, Iowa

Residence: San Antonio, Texas

Birthdate: February 22, 1972

College: Sweet Briar College.Graduated May 1994. B.S. in Sports Medicine

Profession: Personal Trainer and Multisport Coach

Pets: One Horse- Giselle (aka "Izzy"), Two Cats - Pepper and Oscar
and lots of other Ranch Animals including Goats, Cows and a Donkey name "Daisy"

Favorite Movie: LadyHawk, The Illusionist

Favorite Food: IceCream!!!!! especially vanilla with good hot fudge- yum.

Other "favorites"
  • Equestrian riding
  • Reading Biographies
  • Quiet time
  • Spending time with family and friends

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