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BEN "THE HOFF" HOFFMAN
Ben Hoffman is a professional triathlete and 6x Ironman Champion. Originally from Grand Junction, Colorado, He was first exposed to the sport at the University of Montana in Missoula and quickly rose to the top of the ranks at the collegiate level. Since then he has moved on to train in Boulder, Colorado, and Tucson, Arizona, two of the fitness meccas of the U.S. Since turning professional in 2007, He has earned Ironman, Half-Ironman, and National Champion victories. The Hoff has been with Zoot Sports since 2007.
Australian Ellie Salthouse competed in her first triathlon as an 11-year-old and never looked back. In 2020, she joined the Zoot Ohana training and racing with the Original Triathlon Brand. Ellie is an 8x Ironman 70.3 champion. She is a dynamic athlete who is capable of winning any race including the 70.3 World Championship. Always smiling. Always fast.
Representing the U.S.A, 27-year old Sophie Watts exploded on the long course triathlon with a 3rd place finish at her 70.3 debut at Ironman 70.3 Texas followed up by a top 10 finish at the 70.3 North American Championships in St. George, UT in May 2021. As a student-athlete while attending Stanford University, Watts competed in cross country and track as a Cardinal. Watts transitioned to ITU-style racing for Team USA before making the jump to long course racing. Look for Sophie on a podium near you.
Paula exploded on the international scene as a 21 year old when she won 5 ITU World Championship Series races in a row over the span of two seasons, a feat no woman in history had achieved. She competed in London at the 2012 Olympic Games, and at the 2015 Pan American games for Canada. In May 2018, in her 3rd 70.3 ever, she won the North American Pro Championships in St George, Utah, solidifying her ranks amongst the best long course triathletes in the world. Paula officially joined the Zoot Ohana in 2020.
Sika Henry is a competitive triathlete and corporate analyst based in Newport News, VA. Before she caught the triathlon bug, Sika was a collegiate high jumper who thought running the mile was a “long distance event”. Fast forward a few years, she won 2 marathons and has her eyes set on turning pro in triathlon. In 2019 Sika placed 6th (female amateur) at IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta and two weeks later crossed the finish line at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona – all within 6 months of being involved in a traumatic cycling accident that left her hospitalized. Sika has been a Zoot athlete since 2018.
Sarah Karpinski was a competitive gymnast turned pole vaulter, vaulting for Kent State University. She discovered triathlon in 2011 & finished her first Ironman in 2012. "I wasn't fast but I was officially hooked to the sport after that!" 2018 Kona Finisher & AG 70.3 Eagleman & IMMT Champion. Sarah raced her first year as a professional triathlete in 2019. She joined the Zoot Ohana in 2016 & loves the support the team gives eachother :)
Ivan Dominguez has raced competitively in the sport of cycling for 24 years and currently holds a pro triathlete license. As the top sprinter for some of the best US and International professional teams Ivan has extensive first-hand experience in the sport of cycling and holds a long list of stage wins. Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Dominguez represented Cuba winning multiple Gold and Silver Medals in the Pan American Games, has been Cuban National Champion with records still standing, and has been racing professionally for the last nine years in United States
Yu Hsiao is professional triathlete representing Taiwan, currently holds the Chinese Ironman Distance Record from his debut Ironman (8:49:00). Born in Taiwan, Yu immigrated to California with his family and got hooked to triathlon while studying at UCLA. Armed with a hoody and glasses, he may seem like a shy, and humble engineer in the Silicon Valley but underneath he’s a deadly speed machine. Yu was never the fastest on his teams back in high school and college. but over a decade of hard work he has achieved impressive results including 8:49 ironman debut, 4:00:23 70.3 pb, and 2:26:05 marathon. Yu has been with Zoot since 2016.
Benny Smith is from Glenwood Springs, CO. "I got into triathlon when I was 11. I was ranked 1st in the country as a junior before turning pro at 18. I love training in the mountains at home and I’m stoked to see where I can go in the sport."
Holli was a competitive collegiate and semi-pro soccer player before diving head first into triathlon. She completed her first Ironman in 2012 but it wasn't until her second Ironman at Lake Placid in 2014 that she truly fell in love with long course racing. Holli is a 2017 and 2019 Ironman Kona World Championship finisher, overall winner of Michigan Titanium, and AG Champion at IMMD, 70.3 Augusta, and 70.3 Traverse City. Her rookie pro year in 2020 saw limited racing action but she did manage to take home the Hawaii TT State Championship. She truly enjoys the process of long course training and racing and pushing the boundaries to see what her body and mind are capable of achieving. She's thrilled to be part of the Ohana for a 2nd year in 2021 as she has a re-do of her rookie pro season.Instagram: @hollifinneren
Elliot is a 27 year old Professional Triathlete based out of Boulder, CO where he currently lives and trains. Growing up in a large family where everybody was active growing up, whether it was running 5ks or playing club sports. He found triathlon at the age of 14 when an older sister pressured him into entering a local sprint tri. After finishing almost dead last he somehow was hooked and has not looked back since. Over the last several years Elliot has been working on his craft and has risen through the ranks, where he now races professionally on the ironman circuit. When Elliot is not racing or training you can find him coaching triathletes of all abilities and levels. You can also find Elliot out on the pro Xterra circuit as well as the gravel scene as he has started to dabble in these forms of racing as a way to cross train and add some variety to his racing.
Professional triathlete Robbie Deckard began his triathlon career with Junior and U23 ITU racing. With the dream of competing well in Kona always on his mind, he switched to non-draft racing in 2017 and has since placed on the podium several times at the Olympic and 70.3 distances. Steadily progressing each year, Robbie keeps chipping away at becoming a world-class competitor at the 70.3 distance and, eventually, the Ironman distance. Residing in Colorado, he spends his non-training time coaching endurance athletes and spending time in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.