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Seven Americans Vie for World Rankings Points at ITU World Triathlon Stockholm
Predict podium finishers with TRIFECTA fantasy triathlon game
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Led by U.S. National Team member and 2012 Olympian Sarah Groff, a team of seven U.S. elite triathletes will compete this Saturday at ITU World Triathlon Stockholm, the penultimate event of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series.
Races are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23, with the elite men set to race at 6:35 a.m. ET. The elite women will follow at 8:40 a.m. ET on the sprint 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course, which offers the final opportunity for athletes to earn valuable Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings points prior to next weekend’s series Grand Final.
A live webcast of the event will be available on triathlonlive.tv, and the individual races will also be broadcast on Universal Sports Network on Aug. 23 with the broadcast set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. Additionally, multisport fans can predict the elite podium finishers in the new fantasy triathlon TRIFECTA game, launched this spring by USA Triathlon and ITU. Podium picks must be submitted at trifecta.usatriathlon.org before the first race begins.
Groff (Hanover, N.H.) has finished in the top five at three World Triathlon Series events this season, including a second-place finish at the London event on May 31. She is currently ranked No. 5 in the world with 2,228 points but looks to improve on that position as she lines up wearing number 2 this Saturday. Lindsey Jerdonek (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) is also on the start list following a 14th-place finish in Hamburg last month, as well as a win at the Geneva European Cup and fifth at the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup.
Also racing for the U.S. women will be Katie Hursey (Phoenix, Ariz.), who is coming off a win at last weekend’s Kelnowa Pan American Cup and competing in her first WTS race since London; Chelsea Burns (Phoenix, Ariz.), who has three top-10 finishes in ITU Continental Cups this year; and Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.) making her WTS debut.
On the men’s side, Ben Kanute (Tucson, Ariz.) and Sean Jefferson (Palisades, Calif.) will be racing for the Red, White and Blue. Kanute has two top-five finishes in continental cup events and was a member of the fifth-place U.S. team at the ITU Mixed Relay World Championships last month. Jefferson has been competing on the ITU circuit since 2010 but also makes his WTS debut this Saturday.
Following this weekend’s sprint event in Stockholm, athletes will flock to Edmonton, Alberta, for the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final and World Championships. World titles will be on the line for elites, age-group athletes, paratriathletes, juniors and under-23 competitors. More information is available at edmonton.triathlon.org.
ITU World Triathlon Series points now count toward Olympic team selections, with athletes vying for points on behalf of their National Federation that will eventually determine the number of Olympic spots allotted to each country. More information on the 2016 Olympic Games ITU qualification system is available here.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 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 Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).