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JP Theberge is part of a talented U.S. squad for Paratriathlon Worlds.
JP Theberge is part of a talented U.S. squad for Paratriathlon Worlds.

Decorated U.S. Paratriathlon Squad Headed to Beijing World Championships

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nine reigning national champions are among the 19 U.S. paratriathletes scheduled to compete Friday at the 2011 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Beijing, China.

Paratriathlon Worlds is one of many events over the span of five days in Beijing, which also will host the ITU World Championship Series Grand Final on Sept. 10-11. More than 250 Americans are scheduled to be in action over the course of the week, which also features aquathlon, sprint and Olympic-distance age group triathlon world championships, as well as junior and under-23 events. Visit usatriathlon.org for full coverage of each event.

The paratriathlon event will feature a 750-meter swim, followed by a 20-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run. Visit triathlon.org for more on the week’s events from ITU. 

Consistently the top performing nation on the paratriathlon world stage, the U.S. roster features nine category champions from the 2011 Accenture USA Paratriathlon National Championship, held Aug. 7 in conjunction with the Nautica New York City Triathlon:

• Robin Caruso (TRI-4, Ridgefield, Conn.)
• Geoffrey Kennedy (TRI-1, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico)
• David Kyle (TRI-3, Athens, Ala.)
• Danielle McLaughlin (TRI-5, Santa Monica, Calif.)
• Beth Price (TRI-3, Spanish Fort, Ala.)    
• Travis Ricks (TRI-2, San Diego, Calif.)
• Joel Rosinbum (TRI-4, Portland, Ore.)
• Melissa Stockwell (TRI-2, Chicago, Ill.)
• Patricia Walsh (TRI-6, Seattle, Wash.)

Additionally, veterans Sarah Reinertsen (TRI-2, Mission Viejo, Calif.) and JP Theberge (TRI-5, Escondido, Calif.) will aim for world titles in Beijing after earning gold in an elite paratriathlon event held alongside the London ITU World Championship Series stop.     

Stockwell will look for a second straight TRI-2 world title, while Scout Bassett (TRI-2, Palm Desert, Calif.) and Theberge — silver medalists in 2010 — look for a return to the podium. Click here for a complete roster of the U.S. athletes slated to compete in Beijing.

Visit triathlon.org for more on the sport of paratriathlon, which was added to the program for the 2016 Paralympic Games last year. 

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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 140,000 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.

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