USA Triathlon uses the Athlete Profiler as one means to identify athletes for invitation to its development programs. The Athlete Profiler also serves as an important two-way communication tool between USAT and its younger members. Once an athlete has created a profile, they are able to update it from time-to-time with their most recent personal best times and race results. USAT often uses the Athlete Profiler to contact athletes about upcoming events and opportunities. Athletes 23 and under are encouraged to create an Athlete Profile using the link below.
If you have specific questions about development opportunities near you, please contact your Regional Athlete Development Coordinator listed below.
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.
USA Triathlon Staff
High Performance General Manager
Athlete Development Coordinator
Collegiate Recruitment Coordinator
Regional Athlete Development Coordinators
South Midwest Region
Pacific Northwest Region
Looking for ways to stay involved in triathlon when you head off to college? Collegiate triathlon is one of the fastest-growing segments of the sport.
Find out if your college of choice has a triathlon club
Learn about competing at the USAT Collegiate National Championship
Learn more about representing the United States at the FISU World University Championships
Information about the USAT Collegiate Recruitment Program
USA Triathlon High Performance coordinates a variety of age-appropriate, developmental competition formats, camps and teams for junior athletes. These include national championships, world championship team qualifiers, and regional, national and international competitions. Juniors may also partake in two levels of development camps. Working with our Regional Athlete Development Coordinators, USAT High Performance helps to promote talent identification events within each of its 10 regions.
Junior triathletes represent one of the fastest growing segments of USA Triathlon membership. The "junior" age division is comprised of athletes between the ages of 16 and 19, with racing age determined on December 31st of the competition year. Athletes 15 and under race in the "youth" division.
Junior athletes have the opportunity to compete in two distinct styles of racing. Most juniors participate in the traditional, non-drafting triathlon format. USAT High Performance has designated a number of non-drafting Junior Talent Identification Races around the country to serve as age-appropriate, entry-level triathlons.
The highest-caliber juniors compete in draft-legal triathlons, called Junior Elite Cups. These sprint distance races mimic the ITU World Triathlon Series and Olympic format of racing by using multi-lap courses and fast flowing transition zones. Junior Elite Cups serve as qualifiers for the USAT Junior Elite National Championship. These athletes have above-average swim skills, the ability to ride in a peloton, and a strong run off the bike.
Junior Draft-Legal Rankings
2013 USAT Junior Elite Series Guide (includes rankings information)
2013 Top Ranked Athletes
|Junior Elite Men (16-19)
1. Hunter Honeycutt (GA)
2. Tony Smoragiewicz (SD)
3. Eli Hemming (CO)
Junior Elite Women (16-19)
| Youth Elite Boys (13-15)
1. Austin Hindman (MO)
2. Darr Smith (GA)
3. Alex Hernandez (FL)
| Youth Elite Girls (13-15)
1. Kyleigh Spearing (IL)
2. Grace Obando (VA)
3. Katie Patrick (SD)
Junior Performance Plan
USAT’s Junior Performance Plan is comprised of two parts – routine performance testing by certified coaches and a financial assistance program designed to make travel to national and international competitions more affordable.
USAT Junior Testing & Performance Benchmark
The USAT Junior Testing & Performance Benchmarks program is designed to achieve three (3) key goals:
First, create regular (quarterly) sports specific tests used as benchmarks for athletes to gauge their personal progress and isolate areas of weakness to target during their next training cycle;
Second, provide comparable data to coaches to facilitate a greater understanding of where their athlete stands both nationally and internationally; and,
Third, provide USAT staff with a greater understanding of athlete potential throughout the year, rather than rely solely on race day results in the short Junior season
The tests include a (1) swim, (2) bike and (3) bike/run and have been designed to give accurate information specific to current junior triathlon performance standards. The testing administration protocol is basic and can easily to fit into a weekly training program without excessive fatigue to the athlete.
Junior Athlete Assistance Program
USAT Junior Performance Plan also provides financial support for athletes competing at the highest levels nationally and internationally. The International-caliber Junior Athlete Assistance Program, or IJAA, supports qualified junior through access to Olympic Training Center facilities, advanced funding of travel, and participation at invitational camps. The Junior Race Reimbursement Incentive Plan provides travel expense reimbursements to athletes earning top finishes at domestic and international junior competitions.
USA Triathlon Performance Pyramid
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