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USA Triathlon Names 2011 USA Paratriathlon National Team
This decorated group has combined for 14 medals and eight world titles at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships. Seven of these 11 inspirational athletes have reached the podium at the world championship level and five earned national titles at the 2010 Accenture USA Paratriathlon National Championship.
Two-time world champions named to the 2011 squad include Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt (TRI-6, Philadelphia, Pa.), Beth Price (TRI-3, Spanish Fort, Ala.), Sarah Reinertsen (TRI-2, Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Aaron Scheidies (TRI-6, Seattle, Wash.). Melissa Stockwell (TRI-2, Chicago, Ill.), a world champion in 2010, and last year’s USA Paratriathlon Athlete of the Year, presented by Accenture, returns to the team for a second straight season.
Additional world championship medalists on the squad include three-time silver medal winner Scout Bassett (TRI-2, Los Angeles, Calif.) and Craig Vogtsberger (TRI-3, Highlands Ranch, Colo.), who earned silver in 2010 in Budapest.
First-time USA Paratriathlon National Team members for 2011 include Michael Johnston (TRI-5, San Diego, Calif.), Vogtsberger and Patricia Walsh (TRI-6, Seattle, Wash.) Johnston placed seventh in his debut at the ITU World Championships in 2010. Walsh posted the fastest time in the Physically Challenged Open Division at the 2010 Nautica New York City Triathlon.
With the aim of achieving optimal results at the Accenture USA Paratriathlon National Championship and the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships, the USA Paratriathlon National Team is composed of athletes with proven performance capability at domestic and international triathlons.
Members of the team are eligible for a travel stipend for the 2011 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Beijing, as well as performance bonuses from the World Championship event.
“This year’s USA Paratriathlon National Team looks really solid,” said Jon Beeson, co-chairman of USA Triathlon’s Paratriathlon Committee. “We’re especially strong on the women’s side with the likes of Melissa Stockwell, Sarah Reinertsen and Robin Caruso on board.
“The men are led by Craig Vogtsberger, Joel Rosinbum and Michael Johnston, all veterans of last year’s ITU World Championships in Budapest. Paralympic inclusion has many countries sending athletes to worlds for the first time, so Beijing will be a tough test. We’ll be ready.”
Excitement surrounding the sport of paratriathlon is at an all-time high, as the International Paralympic Committee announced in December 2010 that the sport of paratriathlon will officially make its debut at the Paralympic Summer Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
Athletes interested in joining the 2011 USA Paratriathlon National Team submitted an application to USA Triathlon earlier this spring. A panel that included the USA Triathlon High Performance Director, the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Committee chairs, the USA Triathlon paratriathlon board liaison and the USA Triathlon Team USA Manager selected the team.
2011 USA Paratriathlon National Team
Scout Bassett, TRI-2, Los Angeles, Calif.
Robin Caruso, TRI-4, Ridgefield, Conn.
Michael Johnston, TRI-5, San Diego, Calif.
Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt, TRI-6, Philadelphia, Pa.
Beth Price, TRI-3, Spanish Fort, Ala.
Sarah Reinertsen, TRI-2, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Joel Rosinbum, TRI-4, Portland, Ore.
Aaron Scheidies, TRI-6, Seattle, Wash.
Melissa Stockwell, TRI-2, Chicago, Ill.
Craig Vogtsberger, TRI-3, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Patricia Walsh, TRI-6, Seattle, Wash.
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About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, 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, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 3,500 races and connects with more than 135,000 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, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.