Katya was born in New York City, but grew up in the slightly less cosmopolitan small farming towns of Kentucky and Southern Illinois.
A ballerina at the age of four, her parents soon added gymnastics to the mix to keep her from bouncing off the walls. After a serious knee injury her Senior year in high school ended her gymnastics career, Katya did not give up her dreams of competing as a Division I varsity athlete. Picking up an oar, she rowed crew for the Stanford Cardinal for 3 years before stumbling upon the University Triathlon Team. With just one practice under her belt, a collection of borrowed equipment, and no swimming or biking experience to speak of, Meyers entered her first race that same week.
After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology, Katya moved to San Diego and began pursuing triathlon full time in 2005 with a personal goal of “Pushing the athletic envelope to test her boundaries”. A rising star on the Ironman circuit, Katya has earned numerous top 5 finishes and a PR of 9:35; she has qualified for the prestigious Hawaii Ironman World Championships five times.
Despite her athletic prowess, Katya still approaches you with a natural bi-coastal confidence blended with a soft country charm. She has graced the covers of major fitness magazines such as Triathlete, SELF, Bicycling, and Competitor, and enjoys using her platform as an athlete to help others set and achieve their fitness goals. She is a firm believer that giving back to the community is as important as your competitive and professional status. While not swimming, biking, or running, she has started an after school running program for underserved kids (at the San Diego Monarch School) and partnered with the charity World Vision International to raise awareness and funds for children in Africa. Meyers has also had various speaking engagements at triathlon clubs, Girl Scouts of America, and numerous Fortune 500 corporate events. She was recently in Washington D.C. to lobby Congress for more funding for Physical Education in schools.
Since earning a Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree in 2011, Meyers has increasingly focused her attention on the corporate wellness sector. Fusing her educational and athletic passions, she has worked to design and implement wellness programs for companies that strive to help their employees live healthier and more productive lives.