USA Triathlon By the Numbers - 2011
1: The number of U.S. Olympians to capture an overall title at the 2011 USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals. Susan Williams, who won bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, returned to competition as an amateur in 2011. She earned the overall women’s title at Age Group Nationals in Burlington, Vt., in August and followed that performance with the women’s 40-44 age group world title at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Henderson, Nev., in November.
2: The number of American women to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 6 in London. In one of the deepest ITU fields in recent memory, Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff placed second and seventh, respectively, at the 2011 London World Championship Series event to secure a spot on the starting line in their first-ever Olympic Games next year.
2:46: The winning margin for Sarah Haskins at the 2011 Pan American Games on Oct. 23 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Alongside teammate Sara McLarty, Haskins amassed a nearly 4-minute lead on the swim and bike to cruise to the fifth all-time gold medal for the U.S. at the Pan Am Games.
3: Sarah Groff’s position in the final ITU World Championship Series rankings. Groff is the first-ever U.S. athlete to earn a spot on the series podium in the three-year history of the series. Her top individual showing of the season was a third-place finish in Kitzbühel, Austria, and she posted four top-seven finishes.
4: The number of victories by U.S. athletes on the 2011 ITU World Cup circuit — the highest total for the Americans since 2003. Hunter Kemper, Matt Chrabot, Sarah Haskins and Gwen Jorgensen all lifted the tape this year with Kemper totaling three World Cup podiums. The six World Cup podium finishes for the U.S. marked its best effort since 2007.
5: The number of U.S. junior and under-23 athletes to earn top-five finishes at the 2011 ITU World Championships in Beijing, China, demonstrating the depth of the USA Triathlon development pipeline. Lukas Verzbicas (gold) and Tony Smoragiewicz (bronze) logged podium finishes for the junior men, while Kelly Whitley took fifth for the junior women. Greg Billington and Kaitlin Shiver earned fourth-place finishes in their respective U23 events.
7: The number of USA Triathlon Elite National Championship titles won by Hunter Kemper, who claimed his latest victory in Buffalo, N.Y., in Sept. Kemper has won more elite nationals than any other male competitor and is tied with Karen Smyers for the most all-time titles, regardless of gender.
10: The number of all-time medals captured by the U.S. at the Pan American Games. A gold medal from Sarah Haskins and a silver medal from Manuel Huerta at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, gave the Americans 10 medals since the sport debuted at the 1995 Pan Am Games, equaling Canada for the all-time high.
12: The number of top-10 finishes by the Americans in the 2011 ITU World Championship Series. The women accounted for 11 of these finishes thanks to five from Sarah Groff, four from Laura Bennett and two by Gwen Jorgensen. Matt Chrabot was fifth in September’s Yokohama WCS event, which will count toward the 2012 standings. Bennett has placed in the top eight in eight of her last nine WCS events dating to the midway point of the 2010 season.
18: The number of world titles won by Americans on U.S. soil at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships on Nov. 5 in Henderson, Nev. Jordan Rapp won the elite men’s title after cold water and air temperatures led to the cancellation of the swim. Athletes competed on a 120-kilometer bike and 30-kilometer run course after a time trial start.
33:43: Gwen Jorgensen’s 10-kilometer run split to lock up an Olympic Games berth at the 2011 London World Championship Series event Aug. 6. Jorgensen came off the bike in the back third of the lead pack but used the day’s fastest run split finish second for the top finish by an American in the three-year-old ITU World Championship Series.
61: The number of medals won by U.S. athletes in Beijing, China, at the 2011 ITU World Championships. Age-groupers combined for 51 medals and 21 world titles in the aquathlon and Olympic- and sprint-distance triathlon events. Eight American paratriathletes reached the podium, and two junior men were medalists. The 61 overall medals tied Great Britain for the top spot.
900: USA Triathlon surpassed 900 official clubs for the first time in 2011. In 2000, USA Triathlon had just 50 official clubs.
2,300: The record number of certified coaches USA Triathlon reached in 2011.
2,500: The record number of participants at the 2011 USA Triathlon Age Group and Sprint National Championships held Aug. 20 in Burlington, Vt. The events, which received rave reviews from participants, sold out in record time and for just the second time ever. Both races return to Burlington on Aug. 18-19, 2012.
4,000: USA Triathlon sanctioned more than 4,000 multisport events for the first time in 2011, further demonstrating the growth of the sport in the United States. Since 2006, the number of events sanctioned by USA Triathlon has doubled.
150,000: The milestone number of annual members USA Triathlon reached for the first time in 2011. Annual membership for the organization has grown more than 600 percent since 2000.
2.3 million: The estimated number of Americans that completed a triathlon in 2010, according to a 2011 report released by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. This total marked a 55 percent increase in just one year.