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Olympic-Distance and Sprint World Titles on the Line for Team USA
More than 600 U.S. amateurs will compete on Friday, Monday
EDMONTON, Alberta — More than 600 amateur triathletes from 48 states and Washington, D.C., will compete for world titles at the 2014 ITU Age Group World Championships in Hawrelak Park, with the sprint race set for Friday and the Olympic-distance event scheduled for Monday.
The United States is one of 73 countries represented in Edmonton, and triathlon events begin Friday with the age-group ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships at 9:30 a.m. MT on a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course. Age-groupers will also race on Monday, Sept. 1, in the 1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run Olympic-distance championship.
Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes who represent the United States at each ITU world championship event, and in Edmonton these athletes range in age from 16-84. The 297 competitors in the sprint race and the 282 Olympic-distance athletes earned their spots in Edmonton with top-18 finishes (rolling down to 25th place) in their respective age groups at the 2013 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nearly 100 members of Team USA are competing in multiple events over the weekend.
In addition to sprint- and Olympic-distance age-group races, the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final, junior, under-23, paratriathlon and aquathlon world championships will be contested in Edmonton. Events begin Wednesday, Aug. 27 and conclude Monday, Sept. 1 with the new junior and U23 mixed team relay. Visit edmonton.triathlon.org for complete event information.
Sprint Worlds features six returning U.S. medalists, including 2013 world champions Lynda Lubelczyk (65-69, Manchester, N.H.) and Michael Wood (70-74, Lyons, Colo.). In the Olympic-distance event, Ann Davidson (50-54, Portland, Ore.) and Sharon Roggenbuck (75-79, Hillsborough, N.C.) enter the races as the reigning world champions for the United States.
In addition, 27 national champions from last year’s USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee are on the Team USA roster for the sprint and Olympic-distance events, and a number of competitors recently earned national titles and 2015 Team USA spots at 2014 Age Group Nationals. Visit usatriathlon.org for a Team USA roster and coverage from Edmonton.
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).