Barb Lindquist

Barb Metz Lindquist began swimming in her hometown of Casper, Wyoming. She became one of the Wyoming’s best swimmers and Stanford University recruited her. After winning a NCAA Championship Team title in 1989 and graduating 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 playing-- trail running, cycling, telemark skiing, and Nordic skiing-- in God’s great outdoors. After she began coaching the local club and high school swim teams, she started to dabble in triathlon. On a local cycling club ride, she met her future husband Loren Lindquist. On their first date, Loren watched Barb compete in a triathlon. He saw the potential for Barb to turn professional as well as the potential for her to be his wife. Barb began her professional career in 1996 on their honeymoon with Loren as coach and manager. Team Lindquist was born.

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 was a member of the USA Triathlon World Championship Team for ten straight years with her best finish being a silver medal in 2002 at Cancun, Mexico. The pinnacle of her career was representing the USA at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Barb was inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2010 and the ITU Hall of Fame in 2017. Barb's passion for the sport is balanced by her Christian faith and joy of living 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 began to coach triathletes, to inspire others by sharing her story through public speaking, and to work part-time for USA Triathlon.   She launched and led the USAT Collegiate Recruitment Program where she identified athletes from NCAA swimming and running programs to talent ID for the Olympic pipeline. In 2019 she left USAT to spend more time with her family and home school her children. Team Lindquist lives in Alta, WY and includes their 14-year-old twin boys, Bjorn and Zane, who are learning from their parents the joys of outdoor life including swimming, biking, running (of course) as well as skiing and golf.

 

Barb Lindquist

  • 2004 Olympian, 9th
  • ITU World #1 ranked 2003-2004
  • Member USA World Championship Triathlon Team 1996-2005, top USA Woman for 6 of 10 years
  • 2010 USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2017 ITU Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Two-Time Winner of Australian Formula One Series, a feat no non-Australian has achieved
  • 2003 Finalist for Sullivan Award
  • 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 Swimming Olympic Trials finalist in 200m (8th), 400m (7th), and 800m (6th) free
  • 1992-1995 Head Swim Coach Jackson Hole Stingrays and Jackson Hole High School Swim Team
  • Chapter contributor: The Woman Triathlete (swim) and Complete Triathlon Guide (mental skills)