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Tierney O'Sullivan

Age: 18
Birthplace: Wilmington, DE
Current Residence: Athens, GA
Occupation: Student
Current school/Alma matter: University of Georgia
Family: Parents: Tom and Diane, Sister: Bailey
Personal Website:

Wildwater Information:
How I started paddling wildwater:
The first time I was in a wildwater boat was when Chris Hipgrave brought them to slalom camp at the NRC. I eventually transitioned from slalom to wildwater when I was 14.

The class(es) you race: K1 Women

Local and Regional results of note:

  • beating Pinyerd on the Hooch
  • 1st place for K1W at Southeasterns, Glacier Breaker

National results (team trials and nationals)

  • 2007 National Champion for Junior and Senior Women

International Results:

  • 8th at 2008 Junior Pre-world Championships in Switzerland
  • 21st at 2008 Senior World Championships in Ivrea, Italy
  • Bronze Medal in Team Sprint Race at 2007 Junior World Championships in Charlotte, NC

Years on US Wildwater National Team: 4

Other Paddling/Sports/Hobbies:
Rowing, running, climbing, and some flatwater sprint kayaking

Personal Information:

  • Marital Status: Single
  • Kids: Not yet…
  • Height: 5’ 4”
  • Weight: 135
  • Music: anything and everything
  • Food Favorites: Sherpa rice at the NOC
  • What you do to get ready for a race: Listen to some music, drink lots of water, check all my gear, and warm up for 15 to 20 minutes
  • What you do after a race: Hopefully watch other teammate’s races, eat some food


  • Boat (Make/model): Zastera Flash (Class VII)
  • Paddle: Zastera blades on a Lendall shaft
  • Helmet: Shred Ready
  • Spraydeck: Zastera
  • Life Jacket: Lotus
  • Paddling Clothes: IR
  • Shoe: KEENs
  • Car: wish I had one. . .
  • Favorite energy bar/food: Clif Bars
  • Other outdoor gear: Patagonia

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