Coach Armando Abaunza
Meet Coach Armando Abaunza, who grew up in Panama City and resides in Tallahassee, Florida.
Coach Armando earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from Florida State University in both exercise science and dietetics. Armando spent his childhood playing all kinds of sports, and became a multisport athlete in the Olympic Modern Pentathlon. He raced internationally for Panama in that event throughout his teenage years.
Armando’s competitive spirit drove his love of and his interest in sports. The feeling of racing against other athletes and against himself has driven him to be better and improve every single day. He hopes to be the first Panamanian to go to the Olympics for triathlon.
Coach Armando is a triathlete, and coaches Science of Speed athletes in triathlon, running, and cycling. He loves to see athletes beat their self-imposed limits.
Some of Armando’s athletic accomplishments and personal records included:
- first-year pro triathlete for Panama
- Competed for Panama in the 2011 Panamerican games and 2011 Junior world championships in Modern Pentathlon
- Ranked 30th in the world for U21 in 2011 at the age of 18
- 2nd place in the Panama Olympic triathlon national championships in 2013
- 6th place overall in the Olympic distance and 5th place overall in the sprint distance at 2016 USAT age group nationals