On Location With Lukas Verzbicas Lukas Verzbicas credits his running success to triathlon. In 2011, he won the ITU Junior world title, and in June 2012 won the Dallas ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup. On Location With Lukas Verzbicas In 2011, Lukas Verzbicas broke German Fernandez’s national 2-mile record by five seconds by running an 8:29, and he became only the second American boy to run the mile in less than four minutes in a high school-only race. On Location With Lukas Verzbicas At just 19 years old, Lukas Verzbicas has already adopted the monastic lifestyle of an Olympic athlete. He hopes to race in the Olympics in 2016. On Location With Lukas Verzbicas Lithuania-born Verzbicas is coached by Romas Bertulis at the Elite Triathlon Academy. Bertulis also happens to be his stepdad. On Location With Lukas Verzbicas Last year, after deciding to run collegiately at the University of Oregon, Lukas Verzbicas left the university to pursue his dream of becoming an Olympic triathlete. On Location With Lukas Verzbicas Verzbicas rides through the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colo. On Location With Lukas Verzbicas Verzbicas—and the rest of the Elite Triathlon Academy athletes—do their swim training in the pool at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. On Location With Lukas Verzbicas Verzbicas can now swim 100 meters in a long-course pool at altitude in less than one minute. On Location With Lukas Verzbicas When Lukas Verzbicas arrived at the Elite Triathlon Academy, his swim was by far his weakest leg.
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Last weekend, high school running phenom Lukas Verzbicas claimed the first professional win of his career at the Dallas ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup. Read an in-depth profile of Verzbicas to learn about his training at the Elite Triathlon Academy and his future in triathlon in the July/August 2012 issue of
Inside Triathlon, on newsstands June 19.