About the Program
In an attempt to increase the number and quality of US athletes in search of Olympic glory USA Triathlon turned its attention to the collegiate ranks with the launch of the Collegiate Recruitment Program in 2009. Of the U.S. Olympic triathletes all but one has come from a Division I swimming or running background. Until this program was started, all of those Olympians found the sport of triathlon through their own endeavors and desires. There was no active recruiting, encouragement, or mentoring to inform, support and inspire their transition post-grad into the sport of Olympic triathlon.
This program exposes collegiate swimmers and runners who have a background in the other sport to the possibility of making an Olympic Team in triathlon. Through mentoring them through the process and skills needed to become an elite triathlete, the program goal is to identify talent from the NCAA ranks, streamline and professionalize their growth in triathlon, and put athletes on the podium at the Olympics.
The program is led by Collegiate Recruitment Coordinator, Barb Lindquist, who successfully made the transition from Stanford swimmer to a 10 year elite triathlete and 2004 Olympian. Any collegiate coach or athlete who would like more information about this exciting possibility should contact Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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US Anti-Doping Agency
The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) oversees and coordinates the Olympic anti-doping program in the United States. Athletes who compete, are members or license holders of an NGB, or who fall under USADA's testing jurisdiction as defined in the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement testing, are subject to urine and/or blood testing both in and out of competition.
USADA's Olympic Education department is responsible for educating athletes, including juniors and collegiate-level, about the rules of the anti-doping program. There are numerous resources on the USADA website (http://www.usada.org/athletes) that can aid in the understanding of sample collection, results management and Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE). As you move through your competitive career, it's important to be aware of the rules and how they apply to you at your current competitive state. Additionally, any medications can be checked against the WADA Prohibited List by using the Global DRO resource (www.globaldro.com).
For a short webinar explaining USADA, the testing process, TUEs and the Prohibited List go to http://www.usada.org/webinars and click on the "Non-National-Level Athlete Webinar." This resource is specifically for those athletes who are not currently in USADA's Registered Testing Pool but who are competing at an elite level.
College coaches who refer qualified athletes to us register their college programs for incentives by signing our Partnership Agreement.
Once you've read the agreement, submit the Partnership Acceptance Form (.pdf)
What is the Olympic Format?
Triathlon comes in a variety of distances and formats. We are recruiting for the draft-legal (DL) Olympic distance - 1500 meter swim, 40k bike, 10k run. For the women, this race takes about 2 hours, and for the men about 1:45. In the Olympics, the bike portion of the race is draft-legal, meaning you can ride right behind someone on the bike to take advantage of their draft. Most age group, non-elite, races are non-drafting, where it is illegal to ride within a certain distance of a fellow competitor. Because of the draft-legal nature of the Olympic Triathlon, the swim is important to ‘get you in the game,’ while in most races the run is what wins it. The closing 10k times in Beijing for the Olympic Gold medalists were a 33:16 for the women and a 30:45 for the men.
USA Triathlon and the College Recruitment Program are pleased to announce Team Psycho® as a sponsor of the CRP Resident Program at the Olympic Training Center for the 2013 season. In a ground-breaking sponsorship program, Team Psycho®, thru its Elite Development Program, will provide travel grants to the six CRP athletes training at the OTC to help ease the financial burden created by the pursuit of their Olympic dreams. Team Psycho®, a suburban Boston based triathlon club founded in 1991, created the Elite Development Program (EDP) as a not-for-profit program 10 years ago when the sport of triathlon was making its Olympic debut and the funding for up-and-coming triathletes was scarce. Their hope is that other triathlon teams in the US will follow their lead and provide financial support to developmental athletes and programs at USA Triathlon.
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