Full Name: Nicholas Vandam
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
College: U.S. Military Academy
Birthdate: April 15, 1987
Birth Place: Newport, R.I.
First Year Elite: 2008
2010 Highlights: Member of USA Triathlon’s Project 2016 program • Placed 13th at the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship on Sept. 25 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Represented the U.S. at the 2010 Under-23 ITU World Championship • Finished ninth at the Coteau-du-Lac Pan American Cup and finished 12th at the Kelowna Premium Pan American Cup.
Elite Triathlon Career: Represented the U.S. at the 2009 Under-23 ITU World Championship • Was 11th at the 2009 USAT Elite National Championship • Finished sixth at the 2009 Under-23 ITU Pan American Championship in Oklahoma City and was ninth at the 2009 Vina del Mar ITU Pan American Cup • Amateur winner of the 2009 Wildman Olympic Triathlon • Placed fourth at the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship and third at the USA Triathlon Under-23 Elite National Championship in both 2008 and 2009.
Amateur Triathlon Career: Two-time USAT All-American selection • Served as captain of the West Point Triathlon Team and was Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference champion • Finished third at the USAT Twenty Twelve Talent ID race in 2008 • Was third in the 18-19 age group at the 2006 ITU World Championships.
Athletic Background: Swam for two years at West Point and for four years at St. Thomas Academy.
Personal: Currently serving in the U.S. Army • Got involved in triathlon after seeing a newspaper add for the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis before swim practice • Usually eats plain pasta and chicken the night before a race and sticks with PowerBars and a bagel on race morning • Drinks Mountain Dew during races.