With the end of the much anticipated 2020 Tokyo Olympics, many American athletes returned home with medals. However, this wasn’t the fate of every American athlete who represented the USA. Many American athletes did an excellent job during the trials but couldn’t keep up the same pace during the actual Olympics game. Karissa Schweizer is also one of them.
Schweizer is one of the American track and field athletes who come from a long line of athletes. The third generation athlete secured her place in the US Olympic trials after winning second place in both 5000m and 10000m races. Emily Sisson grabbed the first position and Alicia Monson was third in the 10000m trial.
However, she couldn’t keep this up during the Olympics and lost her chance to win the medals by coming in eleventh place in the 5000m and twelfth in the 10000m.
|Popular Name||Karrisa Schweizer|
|Real Name||Karrisa Schweizer|
|Date of birth||May 4, 1996|
|Age||26 years old|
|Place of birth||Unknown|
|Status||In a relationship|
|Occupation||Professional track and field athlete|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (163 cm)|
Karissa Schweizer Net Worth and Earnings
The 26 year-old star athlete has been actively winning many championships and the hearts of the sports enthusiasts.
Her career has helped her to make a name for herself as well as have a good income. Though the exact amount is not out, it is still safe to assume that she has a decent net worth.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Schweizer stands at an average height of 5 feet and 4 inches. Despite being averagely tall, she has a great athletic body.
Her time on the track has paid off, and so has her intense training as she has a lean and toned athletic body.
Karissa Schweizer Family, Parents, and Personal Details
Though she has not talked about her birthplace, she shared that she grew up in Urbandale in Iowa.
She was born into a family with an athletic history. Her grandfather, Frank, was an All-American runner who even coached in Dowling Catholic High school.
The legacy then got passed down to her father, Mike. Like her grandfather, her father was also an All-American runner who married another fellow runner Kathy. Her mother, Kathy, also works as a coach.
After her parents, Schweizer and her siblings took the legacy forward and ran for Dowling Catholic High school.
She and both of her siblings, Ryan and Kelsey, are also runners. Her brother Ryan is the eight-time state champion and runs for Notre Dame.
Despite being passionate about running, Schweizer was just an average runner during her high school days. But things changed after she started her collegiate career.
And now, she is one of the star American athletes who even represented the USA in the 2020 Olympics.
Karissa Boyfriend and Relationship
The six-time NCAA Champion is as successful in her love life as she is in her career. She has been dating Kellen Manley since last year. Like Schweizer, Manley is also a runner.
The couple is going strong to this day and posts each other on their social media. In their social media posts, they seem to have a lot of fun and visit many places.
Education and University
The 2017 Honda Sports Award winner went to Dowling Catholic High school for her high school degree.
Once high school was complete, she enrolled at the University of Missouri after being recruited.
She completed college in 2018 with a degree in health science.
Career and Olympics
Schwizer is a third-generation athlete who has a family full of All-American athletes. Because of this, she started her career on the track at an early age. However, she did not have her breakthrough until she was in college.
Once she graduated from high school and the University of Missouri recruited her. It was then when she started to grow as an athlete.
During her sophomore year of college, she initiated her series of victories. She marked her first win with a 6m race against the two established athletes, Anna Rohrer and Erin Finn.
It made her the first female Missouri Tiger to win the national championship. She continued her victory by winning first place in the NCAA Division I Indoor track and field in the 5000m and second place in the 3000m.
Next year, she defended her NCAA championship title and also took part in various other high-profile meets. She also took part in the 3000m in Millrose Games, where she broke the American collegiate record of Jenny Simpson.
The same year she ended her collegiate career and turned pro by associating with the Bowerman Track Club. Her professional career turned out to be as successful as her collegiate career.
Schweizer won the NCAA Indoor Championship along with the Sunset Tour. The same year she added two more silver from the USATF Indoor and Outdoor Championship.
She continued her excellent performance even in 2020 after setting a new Indoor American record in the 3000m during the Last Chance Invitational.
The year just kept getting better as she again competed in the 1500m and set a new world record. It made her the eighth-fastest American runner ever.
After getting success on a national level, Schweizer tried for the US Olympics team in 5000m and 10000m. She qualified for the team after winning second place in both games.
She then flew to Tokyo to represent the USA and was hopeful for medals. But unfortunately, she could not maintain her pace during the final games and had to return home empty-handed. She finished the race as the eleventh runner in the 5000m and twelfth in the 10000m.