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Jorgensen, Groff Highlight U.S. Field for ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final

Americans are ranked first, second in season world rankings

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EDMONTON, Alberta — Ranked as the top two female triathletes in the world, U.S. Olympians Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff headline a team of eight American elite triathletes who will compete this weekend in Hawrelak Park at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final, the culmination of the global eight-race series. 

Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) is ranked No. 1 in the Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series with a record seven career wins in series events. She is the only athlete – male or female – to have won four consecutive series events with victories this season in Yokohama, London, Chicago and Hamburg. Groff (Hanover, N.H.) recently moved up to the No. 2 ranking following her first WTS win over the weekend in Stockholm. She has logged four top-five finishes on the series circuit this year.

The elite races are scheduled to begin at noon MT (2 p.m. ET) over the weekend, with the elite women racing Saturday and the elite men on Sunday. A live webcast of both races will be available from ITU at triathlonlive.tv. Universal Sports Network will also televise the events live over the weekend, with the women's race scheduled for 2 p.m. ET Saturday and the men at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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.

Jorgensen leads the charge in the season points standings with 3,885 points. Groff has 3,037 points and leads third-ranked Jodie Stimpson from Great Britain by 55 points. Points accumulate throughout the season and determine the ITU World Champion based on an athlete’s best five finishes. The world championships format changed to a multi-race series from a single-day championship in 2009, and Groff is the only U.S. athlete to have earned a spot on the overall series podium with a third-place finish in 2011.

Also racing Saturday for the U.S. will be Lindsey Jerdonek (Sagamore Hills, Ohio), who recently cracked the top 20 in the world with a personal-best fifth-place finish in Stockholm; Katie Hursey (Phoenix, Ariz.), who also posted a personal best WTS finish in Stockholm; Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.); and Sarah Haskins (Clermont, Fla.). Click here for a complete women’s start list.

On the men’s side, Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.) is the top-ranked American for the second straight season, with two top-20th finishes in the series this year. He finished 19th in Yokohama in May and was 17th and the first American finisher in Chicago in June, which also served as the USA Triathlon Elite National Championships. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) is also on the start list having most recently finished second at an ITU World Cup in Jiayuguan, China. Click here for a complete men’s start list.

In addition to the elite ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final, more than 600 Americans are scheduled to be in action over the course of the week. The event features sprint and Olympic-distance age-group triathlon world championships, as well as paratriathlon, junior and under-23 events. Visit usatriathlon.org for full coverage of each race.

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