The A-Team Professionals

Matt Russell

Matt has been a professional triathlete since 2011 and is now one of the top American athletes at the full distance.
In 2017, Russell was struck by a van while racing IRONMAN Kona (World Championships) and suffered life-threatening injuries. Despite this near-fatal collision, Russell returned to racing in 2018 and achieved podium success. 
Since joining the A2 team 3 years ago, Russell has achieved multiple top finishes and fastest bike splits, including at IRONMAN Texas and Mont Tremblant in 2022.
A2 will be cheering Matt on as he begins his 2023 season at IRONMAN Texas.
Instagram: @mattrusselltri 

Ella Hynatyshyn

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Ella grew up playing a variety of sports including synchronized swimming. In high school, she decided to move on from synchronized swimming and joined a local triathlon club, and has been in the endurance sport world ever since! Ella competed in Canadian junior elite races throughout high school before taking a 2-year break from triathlon, during which time she competed on the University of Calgary Cross Country team.
She has been back in triathlon for 5 years while juggling full-time university, followed by a full-time job at Feisty Media, which is a women-led media company working to create an empowering culture for active women. At Feisty Media, Ella works in operations - putting her business degree to good use while also feeding her passion of elevating women in sport. In 2022, she raced her first 70.3 and placed 9th in the pro women category at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz. She is excited to go all-in on middle distance races for the 2023 race season.
Photo Credit: Clash Endurance  
Instagram: @ellalikespink 
2023 Race Schedule:
IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga
IRONMAN 70.3 Mont Tremblant 
IRONMAN 70.3 Oregon
(more to be announced!)

Matthew Morabito

Matthew Morabito grew up running in Massachusetts and completed his first triathlon after a few friends (wrestlers - actually!) convinced him to race with them. In 2015, Morabito found himself "in a really dark place" and says he used triathlon not only to train through personal challenges -- which he now admits may have not been his healthiest strategy -- but to eventually teach him to recover from these challenges. As he puts it, "I discovered that I get to train and race." He is now celebrating over 7 years sober.

While the road hasn't been easy (Morabito was also hit by a car in 2018 and sustained severed quad tendons and a shattered patella), Morabito has been committed to his path as a professional triathlete and his path as a supporter for others who are experiencing their own struggles. Outside of triathlon, Morabito works in the substance abuse/addiction field and also coaches both collegiate triathletes and private clients.

We're excited to work with Matt as he chases more World Championship start lines in 2023!

Instagram: @mattabolic_activity


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