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Kona’s Youngest Competitor PDF Print E-mail

USMA 2020 Cadet Wolfgang Drake

Baltimore, Maryland native Wolfgang Drake is the driven—some might say overachieving—type, an asset that serves him well in both triathlon and in his studies at the United States Military Academy.

"In high school, I was very involved in cross-country, track, and swimming," says Drake. "As I was entering West Point, I knew I wanted to join the triathlon team. I’d heard so much about the professionalism and the general culture."

But Drake's first attempt at getting a spot on the team was fruitless. He quickly realized that he wasn't the only one at West Point with a strong fitness base.
 
 "I was surprised to see how incredibly fit they all were!" says Drake. "They were absolute studs." But instead of feeling deterred by not making the cut, Drake doubled down on his desire to become a member of the team. He worked harder, not only on his swim-bike-run, but in building a reputation as a solid team member by joining West Point’s obstacle-course racing team. Within a semester, his hard work had paid off. His initiation into the team was quintessentially triathlon:
 
 The team captain congratulated me on making the team while simultaneously informing me of 5:30 swim practice the next morning!" Drake laughs.
 
 UPDATE:
BIG BITES, CADET DRAKE
Completed Ironman time: 13:02:18
 
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