Triathlete The Lithuanian-born Verzbicas was the world junior triathlon champion last September, only months after becoming the fifth U.S. high school runner ever to break four minutes in the mile. But the past year has been more challenging. Verzbicas left Oregon, where he was running cross country, to refocus on the triathlon. In late July, Verzbicas was injured in a bike crash. He needed back surgery and was in serious condition in the immediate aftermath, but he has now reportedly been upgraded to fair condition.