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Olympic Trivia at the Opening Ceremonies Celebration in downtown Colorado Springs

Qualification Process

Athletes are constantly racing to earn points to improve their standing on the ITU Olympic Qualification List, which can help assure the U.S. of earning the maximum three slots per gender at the 2012 Olympic Games.

• At the 2011 London WCS event (Aug. 6-7), the two highest-placing eligible U.S. athletes per gender qualify for the Games, provided they place among the event’s top nine finishers. Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff both qualified at this event.

• Any eligible athlete who did not qualify in London and places in the top nine at the ITU World Triathlon San Diego (formerly WCS) event May 10-12, 2012 will qualify for the team, depending on the number of slots remaining.

• Any slots available following the automatic selection process will be filled by a discretionary selection. Discretionary selections could entail potential medalists or an athlete who can assist the medal-potential athletes through specific team tactics.

• If there still is a spot (or spots) remaining after the two qualification events and one discretionary selection, they are awarded based on placing at the 2012 event.

Olympic News from USA Triathlon

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Olympic Blog: London 2012

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USA Triathlon in the Media

• Reuters: Groff out to put U.S. on triathlon map
• Miami Herald: Life’s work finally paying off for Olympian Manuel Huerta
• Tampa Bay Times: Hunter Kemper sees London Olympics as last chance for triathlon medal
• USA Today: Gwen Jorgensen makes rapid ascent as Olympic triathlete
• Denver Post: U.S. triathlete Hunter Kemper determined to win Olympic medal
• Denver Post: Boulder's Laura Bennett attempts to medal in triathlon at London Games
• USA Today: Sarah Groff knows what to expect in Olympic triathlon
• Colorado Springs Gazette: Kemper bounces back from horrific injury to qualify for fourth Olympics
• Orlando Sentinel: Longwood's Hunter Kemper, on 4th Olympics: 'I don't think this will be my last one'
• Team USA YouTube: Gwen Jorgensen: Qualified Second Look
• Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal: Triathlete Kemper preparing for his fourth Olympics
• Sarah Groff: From Beginner To Olympic Triathlete
• New York Times: Kemper’s Fourth Olympics Was No Sure Thing
• NBC Latino: Olympic Profile: Manuel Huerta, the nomadic triathlete
• '12 Things ... you might not know about triathlon
• If at first you don't succeed, tri again (Laura Bennett profile)
• Team USA YouTube: Gwen Jorgensen: Qualified First Look
• WTVJ-TV (Miami): Manuel Huerta Profile
• New York Times: Leaving Cuba to Pursue a Dream in United States
• 9 News (Denver): Olympic Triathlete Hunter Kemper shares his nutrition secrets
• ABC 22 (Burlington, Vt.): Vermont Woman Heads to Summer Olympics
• Fox Sports: Accountant to Olympian
• Associated Press: 2 years after 1st tri, Jorgensen headed to London
• Competitor Radio: Hunter Kemper Podcast
• Endurance Planet: Manny Huerta Podcast
• Competitor Radio: Manny Huerta Podcast
• Competitor Radio: Laura Bennett Podcast
• Competitor Radio: Sarah Groff Podcast
• Universal Sports: Countdown To London: Laura Bennett’s Golden Opportunity
• Universal Sports: Countdown To London: Chrabot’s Long Distance Journey
• Huerta overcomes obstacles, odds to join Kemper on Olympic team
• San Diego Union-Tribune: Two U.S. triathletes qualify for London Games
• Miami Herald: Miami triathlete Huerta qualifies for Olympics
• ESPN: Kemper's training routine not for the timid
• Denver Post: Springs triathlete relishes fourth Olympic team — and sharing it with age-groupers
• Los Angeles Times: Gwen Jorgensen of U.S. Olympic team a convert to the triathlon
• Triathletes Jarrod Shoemaker, Matt Chrabot set their eyes on Olympics
• San Diego Union-Tribune: Olympic triathlon splashes into Mission Bay
• USA Today: Jarrod Shoemaker trades fastball for running fast
• San Diego Union-Tribune: Cuban-born triathlete longs to represent U.S.
• Fox Sports: Volcano key to triathlete's hopes
• Kane County Chronicle: Geneva grad Whitley makes Olympic Trials a family tradition
• ESPNW Blog: Twirling toward triathlons
• Fox Sports: Chrabot is ready for gold
• Fox Sports: Jorgensen put taxes on hold, goes for gold
• Fox Sports: New 2012 USA Triathlon uniforms
• San Diego Union-Tribune: Triathlon trials coming to Mission Beach
• North County (Calif.) Times: World triathlon event will mark return to sport's roots in San Diego
• Hunter Kemper's broken elbow improving; more Olympic notes
• Reuters: "Gwen-Sanity'' Set to Hit London Triathlon
• ITU: Olympic Qualification 101 – How athletes and countries get to London 2012
• Shoemaker, Jorgensen Headline Day Of Draft-Legal Racing
• Alt Daily Brain’s Telling You You’re Tired: Local Matt Chrabot Reaches for London Olympics
• ESPNW Blog: Olympic-bound Sarah Groff on talking triathlon
• ESPNW: Gwen Jorgensen makes meteoric rise
• Old Gold and Black (Wake Forest University): Gooo Hunter Kemper
• How Will The Final U.S. Olympic Triathlon Spots Be Decided?

• Training Log: American Olympic Hopeful Matt Chrabot
• New York Times: Triathletes Seek Olympics in Remote Argentine Town

• Sports Former collegiate athlete takes on elite triathlon scene by storm

• TMJ4 (Milwaukee, Wis.): Waukesha triathlete getting ready to represent USA in 2012 Olympic Games

• LAVA Lounge: 10 Minutes with Jarrod Shoemaker
• Chicago Tribune: Two months after world triathlon title, Verzbicas finds his calling
• Sarah Groff is one tough bird
• Pro Q&A: Sarah Haskins Closes Season With Pan Am Win
• Manny Huerta Earns Silver At Pan Am Games
• Hunter Kemper On Being A Seven-Time National Champion
• Competitor Radio: Gwen Jorgensen Podcast
• Universal Sports: Triathlete Groff adds Wonder Woman to Olympic-superhero connection
• Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Triathlete Sarah Groff talks about qualifying for 2012 Olympics
• Universal Sports: Jorgensen picks perfect time to shine
• USA Today: Gwen Jorgensen takes silver, earns U.S. Olympic spot
• Universal Sports: Hunter Kemper scouts out London
• Triathlete Sarah Haskins — on a roll to London
• Kemper Still Has It

• Inside Triathlon Magazine: A Profile of Matt Chrabot