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Jorgensen Leads U.S. Contingent into ITU World Triathlon Kitzbühel
Eight U.S. elites set to compete on a unique and challenging course
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Gwen Jorgensen, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, leads a team of eight U.S. elite triathletes who will compete on one of the most challenging courses in the 2013 International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series on Saturday in Kitzbühel, Austria.
The elite men’s race is set for 7 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, and the elite women will race at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. A live webcast of the event, which features a 750-meter swim, 11.55-kilometer bike and 2.55-kilometer run with an altitude climb of 1,003 meters, will be available at triathlonlive.tv.
Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) has finished at the top of the podium in back-to-back races on the World Triathlon Series circuit (San Diego and Yokohama), and finished fourth in last month’s race in Madrid to maintain the top spot in the world rankings. Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) returns after a seventh-place finish in Madrid, while Rebeccah Wassner (New Paltz, N.Y.) will be competing in her first World Triathlon Series race since 2009, and Florence Chretien (South Salem, N.Y.) makes her series debut. Visit triathlon.org for a complete women’s start list.
On the men’s side, Matt Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.) enters the race as the top U.S. competitor after a pair of top-15 finishes on the circuit earlier this season. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) and Luke Farkas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) are also slated to compete. Visit triathlon.org for a complete men’s start list.
A complete event preview is available on triathlon.org.
With just three races to go following the Kitzbühel event, the ITU World Triathlon Series will make its next stop in Hamburg, Germany on July 20-21.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 510,000 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 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).