USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Montreal, Hamburg and welcoming a new Tri baby!
by USA Triathlon
It was a busy weekend of elite racing for Team USA!
The elite paratriathletes went north to Canada to compete in the second World Triathlon Para Series race of the year in Montreal, while the elite triathletes headed to Hamburg for the second time in the 2022 WTCS season.
But before we get into all of that, there was one announcement that has the whole triathlon community dancing with excitement!
WELCOME TO THE WORLD KIMBLE ZAFERES!
We could not be more happy to Olympic Medalist Katie Zaferes and USAT staff member Tommy Zaferes on the birth of their baby boy, Kimble.
We can't wait to see him swim-bike-run in triathlon in the 2048 Olympic Games!
Now onto the racing highlights....
2022 World Triathlon Para Series Montreal
Team USA dominated in Montreal!
Four elite paratriathletes earned the gold medal in their event, while in total the U.S. collected 10 medals across six sport categories.
Kyle Coon collected the sole gold on the men’s side in the PTVI category. He crossed the line in 1:01:12 alongside his guide, Zack Goodman. Coon also earned the win in Yokohama in the Series opener.
Hailey Danz also earned a PTS2 gold, continuing a winning streak that began in Leeds in 2021.
Kelly Elmlinger collected her first Para Series win in the PTS4 competition.
And the final gold went to Grace Norman in the PTS5 event.
Norman continued her 2022 undefeated streak, with Montreal becoming her fifth race win of the year.
2022 World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg
This year marked the 20th anniversary of World Triathlon racing in the city of Hamburg. Our U.S. elite triathletes started their 2022 season officially in Hamburg last September 2021, due to the pandemic.
So this weekend, it was the second time that Team USA lined up in the German city.
Saturday was the individual races.
Taylor Spivey led for the U.S., finishing in fourth place.
Spivey is going 4-4-4 this season. She earned 4th in Leeds, now 4th in Hamburg and she remains 4th in the overall season rankings.
Another strong performance went to Erika Ackerlund, who started her WTCS career in Hamburg back in 2020.
She finished 14th overall, which tallies up to her third top-15 finish this season.
Seth Rider had the highest men's result, finishing 21st.
Following the elite races, Chase McQueen, Spivey, Rider and Ackerlund teamed up to represent the United States in the Mixed Relay event.
The U.S. had a strong start, McQueen was only second out of the water as he opened up the first leg.
However, as we all know how unpredictable triathlon can be, he had a mechanical issue while on the bike, which caused him to lose the lead pack.
The U.S. lost the pace and was unable to recover to get back into medal contention.
We finished 13th overall.
But we claim #1 when it comes to team announcement... everyone loves a good fishing dance.