Siri E. Lindley ’91
Hometown: Greenwich, CT
Year Inducted: 2007
Three really is the magic number for Siri Lindley ’91. A member of three varsity teams at Brown – field hockey, women’s ice hockey, and women’s lacrosse – Lindley went on to become the #1-ranked triathlete in the world for three consecutive years. She is has the second-most wins in the history of the World Cup series with 13, and won the ITU World Cup Series in 2001 and 2002. After retiring, she has coached Olympic medalists and provided coverage for Olympic events.
In 2000, Lindley made her mark on the world triathlon stage, winning World Cup races in Lausanne, Switzerland and Cancun, Mexico, and was the Pan American Champion. She finished the season ranked third in the world, and was an alternate for the United States Olympic Team. She finished second at the USA National Pro Championships in Chicago, and finished 10th at the World Championships in Perth, Australia. She also was a silver medalist at the Duathlon World Championships in Switzerland, later being named USA Triathlon’s “Duathlete of the Year.”
Lindley earned her first #1 ranking in 2001, also winning that year’s Triathlon and Aquathlon World Championships. She won seven World Cup events that year, including a record six in a row, and won every race she competed in except for two, in which she finished third and sixth. In July, the USOC named her its female Athlete of the Month along with bicyclist Lance Armstrong. Lindley was named Triathlete Magazine’s Triathlete of the Year, and was one of 10 finalists for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year.
The following year brought Lindley her second consecutive President’s Cup Trophy as the top-ranked triathlete in the world. She won four consecutive events, in Edmonton, Newfoundland, Hungary, and Lausanne. She also won ITU Points races in Devonport, Tasmania, and Geneva, Switzerland, and was named USOC Athlete of the Month for the second consecutive July.
Lindley retired as the #1-ranked triathlete in the world in 2002, keeping that ranking until April 2003, even though she was not competing. She began coaching elite triathletes, which she continues to do around the world. In 2003, she coached Canadian Jil Savege to Canadian and Pan American Championships, and to selection to Canada’s 2004 Olympic Team. She coached four more Olympians, including 2004 Silver Medalist Loretta Harrop of Australia and Bronze Medalist Susan Williams of the United States. She has coached one U.S. Triathlon National Champion, two U.S. Duathlon National Champions, another Canadian Triathlon National Champion, and numerous Age Group Champions, Top 10 World Cup finishers and national team selections.
Lindley also has done television and radio commentary for triathlons and field hockey events. She was an analyst for NBC at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, covering Field Hockey and the Triathlon. She has also covered major NCAA Field Hockey events for CSTV, like the NCAA Final Four and the Big 10 Tournament, and covered triathlons for NBC, CSTV, and NZ Television in New Zealand. She also has done speaking arrangements around the world, and contributed to books on triathlon training.