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USA Triathlon Sets Selection Procedures for 2012 Olympic Games
The selection events for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be the International Triathlon Union (ITU) London World Championship Series event on Aug. 6-7, 2011, and a to-be-determined ITU World Cup or World Championship Series event between March 1-May 31, 2012. Up to one remaining spot for both the men’s and women’s teams will be filled at the discretion of the USAT Elite Athlete Selection Committee, with any remaining spots allotted by order of finish at the second selection event.
The maximum size of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team is six: three athletes per gender.
“The goal of USA Triathlon is to field teams in both the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2011 Pan American Games that will compete for the podium,” said USA Triathlon CEO Skip Gilbert. “These selection procedures will assure that the athletes representing the U.S. at these two prestigious events already have proven themselves against the rest of the world’s top triathletes.”
The 2011 ITU London WCS event will be held on the 2012 Olympic course and will be the first opportunity for U.S. athletes to qualify for the Games. At this event, the two highest-placing eligible American athletes per gender will automatically qualify for the Olympic team provided they place among the event’s top nine finishers.
If any slots remain after the London selection event, any eligible American athlete who did not qualify in London and places in the top nine at the to-be-determined second selection event will automatically qualify for the Olympic team. Selection event No. 2 will be named within one week of the release of the 2012 ITU schedule.
If necessary, discretionary selections could entail potential medalists or an athlete who can assist the medal-potential athletes through specific team tactics.
Click here to view the entire USA Triathlon Athlete Selection Procedures for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The 2011 ITU Hamburg (Germany) World Championship Series event, scheduled for July 2011, will serve as the sole qualifying race for the 2011 Pan American Games. While Guadalajara, Mexico, is the host city of the 2011 Pan Am Games, the triathlon competition will be held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The maximum size of the 2011 U.S. Pan Am Games Triathlon Team is six: three athletes per gender.
The highest-placing eligible American athlete per gender at the Hamburg selection event automatically will qualify for the team provided he/she places among the race’s top 15 finishers. The second highest-placing eligible U.S. athlete also will qualify for the team if the top two Americans place in the race’s top 10 finishers.
If there are spots remaining following the selection event, the highest-ranked American athlete on the ITU Olympic Qualification List who has not already qualified for the Pan Am Games team will earn a spot provided he/she is ranked in the top 50 of the list. Any remaining spots would be filled by discretionary selection.
As in the Olympic selection procedures, discretionary selections for the Pan Am Games could entail potential medalists or an athlete who can assist the medal-potential athletes through specific team tactics.
Click here to view the entire USA Triathlon Athlete Selection Procedures for the 2011 Pan Am Games.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 3,100 races and connects with more than 133,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games.