North Andover, MA
North Andover High School
Name: Kirsten Kasper
Birthdate: Aug. 31, 1991
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario
Hometown: North Andover, Mass.
Current Residence: Scottsdale, Ariz.
High School: North Andover High School
College: Georgetown University '13, Marketing and Management; '14, Sports Management
2022 Americas Triathlon Cup Sarasota-Bradenton gold medalist
2021 WTCS Montreal Mixed Relay gold medalist
11-time ITU Triathlon World Cup medalist (2 golds, 4 silvers, 5 bronzes)
2018 ITU World Triathlon Series overall standings, 4th
2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, 5th
2018 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Edmonton silver medalist
2018 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships bronze medalist
2018 ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Nottingham gold medalist
2018 USA Triathlon Elite National Championships silver medalist
2017 ITU World Triathlon Series overall standings, 4th
2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, 4th
2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama bronze medalist
2017 ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships silver medalist
2016 ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Champion
2016 Wollongong OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup runner-up
2015 Habana CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup runner-up
2014 USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year
In high school, Kirsten Kasper was a state champion in multiple sports including swimming (4 state titles), cross country (3) and track & field (2). She went on to compete in cross country for Georgetown University where she was a scoring member of the 2011 D1 NCAA Cross Country National Championships team. While at Georgetown, she received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management, then she earned her master’s degree in sports management. Kasper was introduced to triathlon in 2014 through USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Recruitment Program. That same year, she was named USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year. Kasper counts being a member of the 2016 ITU Mixed Relay World Championships gold medal team, and earning her first ITU World Triathlon Series medal in Yokohama in 2017 as the proudest moments of her career. She is married to fellow Canadian triathlete Matthew Sharpe. She enjoys spending time with family and hiking.
Elite Triathlon Career
2022: Started the season strong on home soil by winning the 2022 Americas Triathlon Cup Sarasota-Bradenton in Florida on March 12 • Placed within the top-ten by finishing ninth in the 2022 World Triathlon Championship Series opener in Yokohama, Japan on May 14 • Finished 12th at the WTCS Leeds, England on June 11 • Crossed the line in 31st at the World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships in Montreal, Canada on June 25 • On August 28 she placed 10th at the debut World Triathlon Cup in Bergen, Norway • Claimed 14th at the World Triathlon Cup Valencia in Spain on September 3 • Had another strong top-ten finish at WTCS Cagliari by finishing sixth in Italy on October 8 • Unfortunately had a DNF at WTCS Bermuda on November 6 • Finished 17th in the Abu Dhabi, UAE at the World Triathlon Championship Series Finals where she ended the season 12th overall in the women's rankings.
2021: Placed 14th at the World Triathlon Championship Series opener in Yokohama, Japan, on May 15 • Earned her 10th career World Triathlon Cup medal in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 23 • Took 15th at the AJ Bell World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds on June 6 • Grabbed a silver medal at the World Triathlon Cup Huatulco on June 12 • Qualified up to stage 2 of the debut super sprint format and placed 16th at the Groupe Copley World Triathlon Championships Series Montreal on on August 14 • Was a member of the winning mixed relay team at the Groupe Copley World Triathlon Championship Series alongside team members Taylor Spivey, Chase McQueen and Seth Rider on August 15 • Had a top-ten finish at the World Championship Series Finals in Edmonton, Canada on August 21 • Finished seventh at the World Triathlon Series Hamburg and earned her first points towards the 2022 WTCS rankings on September 18.
2020: Competed in the last ITU World Cup event before COVID-19 paused the 2020 season, placing 10th in Mooloolaba, Australia, on March 14
2019: Placed 7th at the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup on June 9 • Took 18th at the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon on July 6 • Recorded a 14th-place finish at the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event at Odaiba Marine Park on Aug. 15 • Placed 4th at the Banyoles ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sept. 7
2018: Took fourth in the ITU World Triathlon Series opener in Abu Dhabi on March 2 • Earned silver at the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup on March 10 • Took the win at the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup on March 25 • Placed fourth at the ITU World Triathlon Bermuda on April 28 • Competed with teammates Katie Zaferes, Eli Hemming and Matt McElroy to claim gold at the Nottingham ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series on June 6 • Finished 24th at ITU World Triathlon Leeds on June 10 • Placed fifth at ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 14 • Earned a third-place finish with teammates Katie Zaferes, Ben Kanute and Kevin McDowell at the ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg on July 15 • Finished 13th at ITU World Triathlon Edmonton on July 27 • Earned silver with teammates Taylor Spivey, Matt McElroy and Seth Rider at the ITU World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series stop in Edmonton on July 28 • Placed 18th at ITU World Triathlon Montreal on August 25 • Placed fifth at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sept. 15, placing her fourth in the overall 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series rankings • Claimed the silver medal at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup, which was held as a duathlon, on Oct. 13
2017: Placed fourth at the Island House Triathlon, a multi-stage race in the Bahamas from Nov. 17-18 • Finished fourth at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Sept. 14, earning a fourth-place finish overall in the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Series • Placed eighth at ITU World Triathlon Stockholm on Aug. 26 • Recorded a fifth-place finish at ITU World Triathlon Montreal on Aug. 5 • Took ninth at ITU World Triathlon Edmonton on July 28 • Was part of the silver-medal-winning U.S. team at the Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships with teammates Ben Kanute, Katie Zaferes and Matt McElroy • Finished ninth at ITU World Triathlon Hamburg on July 15 • Placed fourth at ITU World Triathlon Leeds on June 10 • Collected silver at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup on June 4 • Earned her first career WTS medal, a bronze, at ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on May 13 • Won a bronze medal at the Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup on May 6 • Recorded a seventh-place finish at ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast on April 8 • Took seventh at the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup on April 2 • Placed 17th at the first WTS of the season in Abu Dhabi on March 3
2016: Won a gold medal at the Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sept. 25 • Recorded a 29th-place finish at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Cozumel on Sept. 11 • Placed sixth at ITU World Triathlon Edmonton on Sept. 3 • Took seventh at the Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup on Aug. 7 • Raced as part of the U.S. team in the 2016 ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, aiding the U.S. to its first world title in the event • Finished ninth at ITU World Triathlon Yokohama on May 14 • Posted a career-best fifth-place finish at the April 24 ITU World Triathlon Cape Town • Made her 2016 WTS debut with a 10th place finish at World Triathlon Gold Coast on April 9 • Earned back-to-back bronze medals at early-season ITU World Cup races, first at the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup on March 12, followed by the New Plymouth ITU World Cup on April 3 • Opened her season with a silver medal performance at the Wollongong OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup, held March 5 in Australia
2015: Finished the season as the fourth-place American and 32nd overall at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago • 11th at ITU World Triathlon Stockholm • 12th overall and fourth American at the Rio de Janeiro ITU Olympic World Qualification Event on Aug. 2 • Earned her first ITU World Cup finish with a bronze medal in Huatulco, Mexico, on June 14 • Posted top-10 finishes at ITU World Triathlon Series events in Cape Town (sixth) and Yokohama (ninth) • Made her ITU World Triathlon Series debut on May 28 in Auckland, New Zealand
2014: Named USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year • Made her elite triathlon debut on Aug. 31 at the ITU Under-23 World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, finishing fourth • Logged an eighth-place finish at the Tongyeong ITU World Cup on Oct. 18