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USA Triathlon Sets Pan American Games Roster

Six U.S. athletes to compete Oct. 23 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — With previous medalists Hunter Kemper and Sarah Haskins and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team qualifier Gwen Jorgensen headlining the United States’ competitors, USA Triathlon announced its roster today for the 2011 Pan American Games.  

The men’s and women’s Olympic-distance events are set for Sunday, Oct. 23 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will compete in his third career Pan American Games after winning gold in 2003 and silver in 1999. Joining Kemper on the U.S. men’s roster is Matt Chrabot (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Mark Fretta (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who will make their Pan Am debuts. Chrabot is familiar with the Puerto Vallarta course having captured the PATCO Pan American Championship title there a year ago.

Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is set for her second straight Pan American Games appearance following a silver-medal performance in 2007. Jorgensen (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Sara McLarty (Clermont, Fla.) will join Haskins in the women’s field. McLarty finished 10th in 2007. Jorgensen will toe the line in her first Pan American Games after placing second at the 2010 PATCO Pan American Championship on the same course.

The U.S. has captured eight all-time Pan American Games medals, including four gold, since triathlon made its debut in 1995. Americans swept the top spots in 2007 with Julie Ertel and Andy Potts winning gold in Rio de Janeiro.

Visit guadalajara2011.org for more on the 2011 Pan American Games triathlon.

Held every four years in the year before the Olympic Games, the Pan American Games are the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. The history of the Pan American Games dates back to 1951 when the Games were first hosted by Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 2011 Pan American Games mark the 16th celebration of the Pan American Sports Organization event. The U.S. has hosted the event twice, in Indianapolis in 1987 and Chicago in 1959.

USA Triathlon Pan American Games Roster (Oct. 23, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)  
Women
Name (Current Residence/Hometown)

Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo./St. Louis, Mo.)
Gwen Jorgensen (Milwaukee, Wis./Milwaukee, Wis.)
Sara McLarty (Clermont, Fla./DeLand, Fla.)

Men
Name (Current Residence/Hometown)

Matt Chrabot (Colorado Springs, Colo./Virginia Beach, Va.)
Mark Fretta (Colorado Springs, Colo./Portland, Ore.)
Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo./Orlando, Fla.)     

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 150,000 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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