Barb Lindquist’s triathlon career highlights her consistency, perseverance, and excellence. Of her 134 pro career starts, she won 33 races (25%), stood on the podium 86 times (64%), and had 114 top 10 finishes (85%), covering all distances from sprint to Ironman, specializing in the Olympic distance. She beat the Australians on their own turf by winning their coveted F1 Series twice, was ranked #1 in the world from 2003-2004, and represented the USA in the 2004 Olympics in Athens (9th). In 2010 Barb was inducted into the USAT Hall of Fame.
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 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.”
After retiring from racing in 2005, she began to coach triathletes, to inspire others by sharing her story through public speaking, and to work part-time for USA Triathlon.
Her coaching philosophy is that you should fit triathlon into your life, not your life into triathlon. For USAT she identifies talent from NCAA swimming and running programs for the Olympic pipeline. Barb is a USAT Level II Certified Coach and holds a Human Biology degree from Stanford University where she was also a NCAA swimmer and Pan American Games gold and silver medalist in swimming.
Barb currently lives in Alta, Wyoming with her husband Loren and their 8 year old twin boys, instilling in them the joys of the outdoor life which includes swimming, biking, running, and skiing.
2004 Olympian, 9th
World #1 2003-2004
Member USA World Championship Triathlon Team 1996-2005
Top Ranked USA Woman for 6 of 10 years of racing
2010 USAT Hall of Fame Inductee
Two-Time Winner of Australian Formula One Series, a feat no non-Australian has achieved
2003 Finalist for Sullivan Award
2000 Hawaii Ironman Finisher (10:25)
Graduate of Stanford University, 1991- B.A. Human Biology
1991 Gold and Silver Medalist Pan Am Games- 800 free relay, 200 and 400m free
1989 Member NCAA Championship Stanford Women’s Swim Team
1988 Olympic Trials finalist in 200m (8th), 400m (7th), and 800m (6th) free
1987 Silver Medalist Pan Am Games- 400m free
1992-1995 Head Swim Coach Jackson Hole Stingrays and Jackson Hole High School Swim Team
Writer of the chapter on swimming technique in The Woman Triathlete and chapter on Mental Skills for Training and Racing in the Complete Triathlon Guide, as well as other articles
Currently USAT Collegiate Recruitment Program Manager
Mother of third grade twin boys, Bjorn and Zane