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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — With two months of 2011 in the books, the heart of triathlon race season is rapidly approaching. However, many U.S. elite athletes already kicked off their 2011 campaigns over the past few weeks.

With the USA Triathlon Elite Race Series opener set for Saturday in Clermont, Fla., USA Triathlon takes a look back at some of the top American performances of the New Year.

Barrett Brandon (Fort Worth, Texas) wasted little time getting his 2011 campaign under way and got off to a strong start with top-10 finishes at ITU Pan American Cups in Vina del Mar, Chile, where he took eighth on Jan. 9, and in La Paz, Argentina, where he grabbed ninth on Jan. 16.

One week later, a quartet of U.S. athletes logged top-10 finishes at the Pan American Cup in Roatan, Honduras. Lauren Goss (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) and Sara McLarty (Clermont, Fla.) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, on the women’s side. In the men’s race, Brian Fleischmann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) raced to a runner-up finish, while Chris Foster (Redondo Beach, Calif.) placed sixth to lead six U.S. men in action.

A pair of Americans logged top-10 finishes at the Feb. 26 ITU Pan American Cup in Salinas, Ecuador, as Mark Fretta (Portland, Ore.) took eighth, and Joe Maloy (Brighton, Mass.) placed ninth.

Americans were in top form at the Olympic-distance Rev3 Costa Rica on Feb. 20, as Kelly Williamson (Austin, Texas) captured the women’s title in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 56 seconds to lead four U.S. athletes in the top five. Manuel Huerta (Miami, Fla.) was the men’s runner-up, while Fleischmann took third as three Americans finished in the top five in the men’s event.

National Team member Matt Chrabot (Colorado Springs, Colo.) graced the cover of the March/April 2011 issue of Inside Triathlon magazine and was the subject of an in-depth profile by editor-in-chief Courtney Baird. Look for a copy on a newsstand near you.

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