Summer Cook Rappaport was a varsity swimmer and runner at Villanova University where she obtained a B.A. in Political Science in 2013. Following graduation, she entered the USAT Collegiate Recruitment program, earning her pro card in March 2014. In 2016, she had four wins including her debut WTS win in Edmonton, the Chengdu World Cup, the Tongyeong World Cup, and Tritoman. She was named by ITU as the 2016 Women’s Breakout Star of the Year.
In 2017 she won gold at the Yucatán ITU Triathlon World Cup, Altafulla ETU Triathlon European Cup and Mediterranean Championships, Tongyeong World Cup, and Miyazaki World Cup and she came 2nd at Super League Triathlon in Jersey, Channel Islands. She finished 10th in the ITU WTS Rankings and was named ITU’s Best of 2017 Rising Star.
2018 highlights include wins at the Antwerp World Cup and a repeat win at the Miyazaki World Cup.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising up every time we do.
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you.
Henry J. Kaiser.
I was first introduced to calligraphy when I needed a free elective to have the minimum course load to be considered a full time student in my final semester at Villanova and I wanted to do something different. Since I’m neither the most patient nor the most artistic person around I was a little worried that my fun class would bring down my GPA. I ended up loving (and acing) the class and began to use calligraphy as a way to unwind and de-stress. My work is far from perfect (I like to think of it in terms of the Japanese principle of wabi sabi) , but I wanted to share some of it on my website as encouragement for others to branch out and to not be afraid to enjoy something that isn’t necessarily one of their strengths. I also really LOVE finding new quotes! 🙂