Katie Zaferes and Kevin McDowell to join Rappaport, Knibb, and Pearson in Tokyo

USA TRIATHLON ANNOUNCES 2020 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIATHLON TEAM

From USA Triathlon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced its 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, comprised of the five athletes who will represent the United States in triathlon competition at this summer’s Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) and Katie Zaferes (Cary, N.C.) were newly announced to the roster, joining Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) and Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.), who were already qualified. 

The five members of the Tokyo-bound team have a wealth of experience and success on the international race circuit, with a combined 32 World Triathlon Championship Series medals, 30 World Triathlon Cup medals and 12 World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series medals between them.

“Our athletes, like Olympic hopefuls across the world, had to put their dreams on hold when COVID-19 caused the postponement of the Tokyo Games to 2021. The perseverance they have shown during a time of so much uncertainty and change has been amazing to witness,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “We have multiple athletes capable of podium performances in the individual events in Tokyo. We will also see the Triathlon Mixed Relay — an action-packed race that brings a team atmosphere to what is typically an individual sport — make its long-awaited Olympic debut. For all of these reasons, I believe we are going to witness the most unique and inspiring Games in history, and we encourage the entire multisport community to get behind our athletes and support Team USA before, during and after the Games.”

“I am fired up by the talent and potential of this team, and excited to finally see our athletes in Tokyo in just a few weeks,” said John Farra, USA Triathlon High Performance General Manager. “I want to take a moment to thank the team behind the team — the coaches, physios, dietitians, massage therapists, sports psychs, bike mechanics and USA Triathlon’s corporate partners — as well as family and friends, who have provided support in so many forms to help these athletes’ dreams become a reality. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the very difficult decisions that the Games Athlete Selection Committee faced in order to finalize this team. USA Triathlon has an incredibly deep field of athletes, with more individuals deserving of a nod than there are spots available to Tokyo.”

Toyota is a Proud Partner of USA Triathlon, as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

“As a founding partner of USA Triathlon, we are proud to support the announcement of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team,” said Dedra DeLilli, group manager, sponsorship, integration & auto shows, Toyota Motor North America. “The naming of the team who will represent the United States on the world’s biggest stage has been a long time coming and is such an exciting moment for this elite group of athletes. Their perseverance and resilience on the road to Tokyo is extraordinary and we congratulate each of the athletes as they go for the gold.”

Qualification Process
USA Triathlon designated two Auto-Selection Events for the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, in which athletes had the opportunity to auto-qualify for Tokyo by meeting specific criteria. The two Auto-Selection events were the 2019 ITU World Olympic Qualification Event on Aug. 4, 2019, and the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama on May 15. Rappaport became the first woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team with a fifth-place finish at the 2019 Tokyo event. Knibb joined Rappaport on the women’s roster by way of her victory May 15 in Yokohama, Japan, while Pearson claimed the first spot on the men’s team thanks to a bronze-medal performance in Yokohama.

At the conclusion of the World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Period on June 14, based on the World Triathlon Olympic Rankings, the U.S. officially earned three spots for women and two spots for men. With Rappaport and Knibb already qualified for women and Pearson already qualified for men, that left one female spot and one male spot open to be named via discretion by USA Triathlon’s Games Athlete Selection Committee, taking into account an athlete’s full resume of results since the start of the Olympic Qualification Period (May 2018). McDowell and Zaferes were ultimately selected for the discretionary spots. For a complete explanation of U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team qualifying, click here.

Triathlon at the Olympic Games
Triathlon at the Olympic Games will include individual competitions for men and women, as well as a Mixed Relay, which makes its debut as an Olympic medal event. In the individual events, athletes cover a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run. In the Mixed Relay, four athletes from the same country (two men, two women) compete on a team. Each athlete covers a 300m swim, 6.8k bike and 2k run before tagging off to the next teammate, with the fastest combined time winning the race. The U.S. is historically strong in the Mixed Relay format, winning five World Championship medals including gold in 2016.

The Olympic men’s triathlon competition is scheduled for Sunday, July 25, at 5:30 p.m. ET (Monday, July 26 at 6:30 a.m. Tokyo time). The Olympic women’s event is set for Monday, July 26, at 5:30 p.m. ET (Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30 a.m. Tokyo time). The Mixed Relay is set for Friday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. ET (Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 a.m. Tokyo time).

Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.)
Knibb, 23, is the youngest woman ever to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team. She has been the U.S. National Team’s youngest member since she first made the team in 2017. A triathlete since childhood, she grew up competing in USA Triathlon’s youth and junior elite circuit while running for her school’s cross-country and track teams (Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.) and swimming with Nation’s Capital Swim Club. She went on to win the 2016 and 2017 Junior World Championships and the 2018 Under-23 World Championships — one of just three women ever to capture world titles at both the Junior and U23 levels. Knibb is a 2020 graduate of Cornell, where she ran NCAA track and cross-country for four years while balancing her elite triathlon career. She also joined the Cornell swim team her senior year. Today, Knibb trains in Boulder, Colorado, with Origin Performance Squad, an elite international training group coached by Ian O’Brien.

Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.)
Rappaport, 29, was the first athlete to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team in 2019. She grew up in Colorado and attended Mountain Range High School in Westminster, achieving first team all-conference honors in both swimming and cross-country. She went on to compete in NCAA Division I swimming and cross-country at Villanova University. As a collegiate swimmer, Rappaport placed in the top eight of the Big East Championship in each of her four years. Throughout her cross-country career, she earned 2011-12 Academic honors, 2012 All-Mid-Atlantic Region, 2012 All-Big East, and placed fourth at the 2013 Big East Championships in the 5,000. After college, she was recruited to triathlon through the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program and began competing as an elite in March 2014. She is a five-time World Triathlon Championship Series medalist and 13-time World Triathlon Cup medalist. Rappaport trains with The Triathlon Squad, an elite international training group coached by Paulo Sousa.

Katie Zaferes (Cary, N.C.)
2016 U.S. Olympian

Zaferes, 32, grew up in Hampstead, Maryland, and was a multi-time state champion in track & field at North Carroll High School. She went on to compete in track & field and cross-country for Syracuse University, specializing in the steeplechase and breaking multiple school records. She was later identified by USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program founder Barb Lindquist, who recognized her steeplechase background as a strong foundation for success in triathlon. Zaferes began competing at the elite level in 2013 and made her Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games, where she finished 18th. Zaferes has risen steadily through the international rankings throughout her career, placing fifth overall in the World Triathlon Championship Series in 2015, fourth in 2016, third in 2017, and second in 2018, before capturing her first career World Triathlon Championship title in 2019. She is the No. 1-ranked athlete in the World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Rankings heading into Tokyo. Zaferes lives in Cary, North Carolina, and is coached by Joel Filliol.

Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.)
2015 U.S. Pan American Team Member, 2010 U.S. Youth Olympian

McDowell, 28, grew up participating in USA Triathlon’s youth and junior elite triathlon circuit as part of the Chicago-based Multisport Madness Triathlon Team. He was USA Triathlon’s Junior Athlete of the Year in 2009 and 2010 and represented Team USA at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, where he earned silver in the individual event and bronze in the Mixed Relay. He went on to win a bronze medal at the 2011 Junior World Championships. Later that year, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and took six months off to complete chemotherapy. A year later, he returned to elite competition, making his senior-level World Cup debut. He would go on to win gold at the 2014 FISU World University Triathlon Championships, and silver at the Pan American Games Toronto 2015. McDowell is now a seven-time World Triathlon Cup medalist and recently celebrated 10 years cancer-free. He currently lives and trains in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is coached by Nate Wilson.

Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.)
Pearson, 27, is originally from Spring Lake, New Jersey, where he grew up as a competitive swimmer, ocean lifeguard and promising high school runner. He went on to run cross-country and track & field at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was a seven-time All-American. He got his start in elite triathlon through USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Recruitment Program, which identifies top NCAA swimmers and runners who have the potential to excel as triathletes. After winning the overall title at the USA Triathlon Age Group Sprint National Championships in 2017, he debuted as an elite triathlete in 2018. He is experiencing a breakout 2021 season, winning bronze in Yokohama on May 15 and silver in Leeds, England, on June 6, to become the first U.S. male ever to earn multiple World Triathlon Championship Series medals. Pearson currently trains in Boulder and is coached by Dean Golich.

All U.S. Olympic Team nominations are pending final approval by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. For more information about USA Triathlon at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, visit usatriathlon.org/tokyo2020. USA Triathlon will produce and distribute its Tokyo 2020 Media and Fan Guide in the coming weeks. 

The 2020 U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team will be named on Tuesday, July 6.


About Tokyo United
USA Triathlon is promoting its elite athletes in the lead-up to, during and beyond the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games with its Tokyo United campaign. Tokyo United showcases the resilience, determination and teamwork shown by U.S. Olympians and Paralympians, and the communities surrounding them, on their path to the Games. Tokyo United also refers to the common experience shared by the USA Triathlon family over the last year — from amateur athletes, race directors, coaches and clubs whose racing plans were upended, to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls whose dreams were deferred — and the many ways we lifted each other up in hopes of a more promising 2021.

The three-phased campaign begins with United to Tokyo, showcasing each U.S. Olympic and Paralympic triathlon hopeful’s journey from childhood to the biggest stage in sport — along with the family and support systems that helped them along the way. The second phase, United in Tokyo, brings together the entire multisport community and the global Olympic and Paralympic family to support Team USA at the pinnacle of competition, and to revel in the long-awaited Olympic and Paralympic moment. The final phase, United Beyond Tokyo, will celebrate the achievements of the 2020 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams before passing the torch to aspiring triathletes with Olympic and Paralympic dreams for the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games.

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 4,000 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Triathlon Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of World Triathlon and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

2020 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIATHLON TEAM TO BE NAMED WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16

From USA Triathlon

Summer Rappaport and Taylor Knibb have already punched their tickets to Tokyo.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon will announce its full 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team on Wednesday, June 16, unveiling the roster of athletes who will represent the United States at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 this summer. The announcement will be made via press release and on USA Triathlon’s social channels at 9 a.m. MST. An hour later, the athletes will appear on Facebook Live to share their reactions and discuss preparations for the Tokyo Games, joined by Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO; John Farra, USA Triathlon High Performance General Manager; and Dedra DeLilli, Group Manager, Sponsorship, Integration & Auto Shows, Toyota Motor North America.

Athletes will be available for interviews on Zoom starting at 10:30 a.m. MST for the women’s team, and 11 a.m. MST for the men’s team. Click here to RSVP (must be a member of the media to attend); Zoom links will follow.

Olympic Qualification Process

A maximum of three athletes per country and gender (i.e., three men, three women) can race in Tokyo if three athletes rank in the top-30 of the World Triathlon Individual Olympic Qualification Rankings by the end the World Triathlon Olympic qualification window on June 14, 2021. Based on rankings as of June 14, the U.S. will qualify three women’s spots and two men’s spots for Tokyo.

USA Triathlon designated two Auto-Selection Events for the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, in which athletes had the opportunity to auto-qualify for Tokyo by meeting specific criteria. The two Auto-Selection events were the 2019 ITU World Olympic Qualification Event on Aug. 4, 2019, and the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Yokohama on May 15. Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.) became the first woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team with a fifth-place finish at the 2019 Tokyo event. Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) joined Rappaport on the women’s roster by way of her victory May 15 in Yokohama, Japan, while Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) claimed the first spot on the men’s team thanks to a bronze-medal performance in Yokohama.

All remaining spots on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, including at least one male and one female, will be named via discretion by USA Triathlon’s Games Athlete Selection Committee. For a complete explanation of U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team qualifying, click here

Rappaport, Knibb and Pearson will participate in the June 16 Facebook Live and media availabilities, along with all athletes who will be newly named to the team on Wednesday.

U.S. OLYMPIC TRIATHLON TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT TIMELINE 
Wednesday, June 16 (All Times MST)

  • 9 a.m. — Team Roster Announced via Press Release, USA Triathlon Social Channels
  • 10 a.m. — Facebook Live on USA Triathlon’s Facebook Page, featuring:
              o Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO
              o John Farra, USA Triathlon High Performance General Manager
              o Dedra DeLilli, Toyota Motor North America
              o All U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team Members
  • 10:30 a.m. — Media Availability, Women’s Team (click here to RSVP)
  • 11 a.m. — Media Availability, Men’s Team (click here to RSVP)

USA Triathlon will provide photos and video of all U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team members to media upon request. To request photo and video, or to schedule interviews outside of the June 16 media availability, contact Caryn Maconi, USA Triathlon Marketing & Public Relations Senior Manager, at caryn.maconi@usatriathlon.org or 443-534-5954. 

To learn more about USA Triathlon at the Olympic Games, visit usatriathlon.org/tokyo2020. USA Triathlon’s Tokyo 2020 Media and Fan Guide will be produced and distributed in the coming weeks.

The Olympic men’s triathlon competition is scheduled for Sunday, July 25, at 5:30 p.m. ET (Monday, July 26 at 6:30 a.m. Tokyo time). The Olympic women’s event is set for Monday, July 26, at 5:30 p.m. ET (Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30 a.m. Tokyo time). The Mixed Relay, which debuts for the first time as an Olympic medal event, is set for Friday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. ET (Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 a.m. Tokyo time). 

About Tokyo United
USA Triathlon is promoting its elite athletes in the lead-up to, during and beyond the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games with its Tokyo United campaign. Tokyo United showcases the resilience, determination and teamwork shown by U.S. Olympians and Paralympians, and the communities surrounding them, on their path to the Games. Tokyo United also refers to the common experience shared by the USA Triathlon family over the last year — from amateur athletes, race directors, coaches and clubs whose racing plans were upended, to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls whose dreams were deferred — and the many ways we lifted each other up in hopes of a more promising 2021.

The three-phased campaign begins with United to Tokyo, showcasing each U.S. Olympic and Paralympic triathlon hopeful’s journey from childhood to the biggest stage in sport — along with the family and support systems that helped them along the way. The second phase, United in Tokyo, brings together the entire multisport community and the global Olympic and Paralympic family to support Team USA at the pinnacle of competition, and to revel in the long-awaited Olympic and Paralympic moment. The final phase, United Beyond Tokyo, will celebrate the achievements of the 2020 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams before passing the torch to aspiring triathletes with Olympic and Paralympic dreams for the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games.

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 4,000 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Triathlon Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of World Triathlon and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

USA Triathlon Announces Additional Safe Return to Multisport Resources

From USA Triathlon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced additional resources as part of its Safe Return to Multisport initiative, a comprehensive and multi-pronged set of racing, training and event production guidelines for the multisport community to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new resources include Guidelines for COVID-19 Contact Tracing, Guidelines for Volunteers, and a Safe Return to Racing Town Hall open to the public this Wednesday, April 7.

“USA Triathlon collaborated with world-class medical experts and leaders at all levels of the sport to develop useful resources to empower our community to get back to racing safely,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “Many towns and venues across the U.S. approved USA Triathlon-sanctioned races as the first events to be held during the pandemic. This was due in large part to the stringent safety protocols our race directors were ready to present to local authorities, as well as the outdoor and physically distanced nature of the sport itself. USA Triathlon sanctioned hundreds of races across the U.S. in the last year, and there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases among our participants associated with those events.”

About Safe Return to Multisport
The Safe Return to Multisport initiative was first launched in May 2020 and has been continually updated and expanded as circumstances change. It is developed in coordination with experienced race directors, medical experts, certified coaches, club directors, officials, athletes and endurance sport leaders. It is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as sport-specific guidelines from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and World Triathlon. The resources are meant to be used in conjunction with federal, state and local protocols — including mass gathering thresholds and physical distancing requirements.

Safe Return to Racing Town Hall — Wednesday, April 7
USA Triathlon and Triathlete will co-host a Safe Return to Racing Town Hall on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m. ET, designed to help athletes of all levels plan their return to racing in 2021. The virtual discussion is free and open to the public, and will be livestreamed on USA Triathlon’s Facebook page. It will provide an overview of USA Triathlon’s Safe Return to Multisport guidelines and will feature industry professionals covering various topics — from getting back to training safely while managing expectations, to travel suggestions and what athletes should expect on race day. For more details, click here.

Contact Tracing and Volunteer Guidelines

The new resource Guidelines for COVID-19 Contact Tracing, primarily intended for race directors, outlines the actions that should be taken when a COVID-19 infection is identified among an athlete, spectator, official, volunteer or staff member at an event. This includes a step-by-step process for identifying and notifying close contacts, as well as a review of CDC-recommended quarantine, testing and isolation procedures.  

The Guidelines for Volunteers document is provided as a resource for individuals who volunteer at multisport events. This includes a self-screening checklist, a review best practices to mitigate exposure and spread COVID-19, and a set of do’s and don’ts for volunteer participation. Volunteers are vital to the execution and implementation of multisport events. To learn more about local and national volunteer opportunities, click here.

Additional Resources
In addition to the Volunteer Guidelines and Contact Tracing documents, resources also include a Safe Return to Multisport overview; Return to Racing Recommendations for Athletes; Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors; Return to Racing Guidelines for Officiating; Recommendations for Organized Mass Gatherings; a Return to Racing Training Program; and Travel Like a Pro, a set of best practices for athletes traveling to events nationally and internationally. All resources are available for download at usatriathlon.org/safe-return.

USA Triathlon continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, while following the guidance of local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), when making decisions regarding the status of USA Triathlon events and programs.

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 4,000 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Triathlon Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of World Triathlon and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

USA Triathlon’s Elevate 2028 Strategic Plan to Guide Through the LA Olympics

USA Triathlon’s Elevate 2028 Strategic Plan will guide the organization’s priorities, decision-making processes and culture through the next two Olympic and Paralympic Quadrennials. The robust set of guiding principles, goals and strategies will enable USA Triathlon to grow participation, provide unmatched support to the multisport community, and reach vast new audiences culminating at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Los Angeles 2028.

Elevate 2028 is intentionally extended through 2028 to mark the moment when the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games will return to the United States — to Southern California, the birthplace of triathlon — for the first time in 32 years. The LA 2028 Games will mark the first time triathlon is contested in the Olympic and Paralympic Games on U.S. soil, providing the opportunity to build a legacy in the U.S. and create mainstream exposure for the sport on an unprecedented scale.

Vision: To grow, inspire and support the triathlon/multisport community.

Mission: To provide resources that empower members of the triathlon/multisport community to reach their full potential

   OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Excellence: We embody the aspirational ideals set by our Olympic and Paralympic athletes, reaching the highest levels of performance in everything we do.

Service We operate in a spirit of service and giving back, enabling the triathlon/multisport community to attain its goals and thrive.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access We aspire to ensure the sport is reflective of the country we represent, and value and embrace diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Collaboration We maximize reach and available resources through strategic partnership.

   KEY AREAS OF FOCUS

Serve and Engage Our Community: Provide exceptional service, resources and value to our constituent groups – including Race Directors and Event Production Companies, Coaches, Officials, Clubs, Volunteers, Athletes and Fans, and any other individuals or organizations that support the triathlon/multisport community.

Grow the Sport: Increase participation and engagement by expanding and simplifying pathways for new athletes to enter the sport and develop and maximize their triathlon/multisport potential while empowering and providing meaningful value and support for USA Triathlon members.

Elevate the Brand and the Sport: Inspire athletes of all ages to become participants, fans and lifelong members of our community by sharing and celebrating the virtues of the sport, the mission of USA Triathlon, and the personal, unique and shared qualities of our members.

Embody Sport Leadership: Demonstrate global excellence in athlete support, sport performance and business operations.

Ensure Financial Strength: Diversify and increase revenue streams to fund our strategic priorities.

   STRATEGIES AND TARGET OUTCOMES

SERVE AND ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY

How We Will Do It (Strategies)• Service and Value. Transform the relationships with our constituent groups and their overall experience with USA Triathlon in significant, tangible ways, to increase satisfaction, retention and advocacy.• Resource Leader. Establish the most trusted and robust education and resource program in the endurance sports industry to develop a talented, diverse, and passionate pool of coaches, race directors, officials, volunteers, and leaders.• Build, Connect and Activate the Community. Create and cultivate an integrated network of meaningful relationships and volunteerism and maximize our constituent base across the triathlon/multisport community at the grassroots level.• Establish Government Relations, Advocacy and Public Affairs Capabilities. Develop local and national governmental relationships and partnerships to increase influence on local event permitting and costs, health and wellness, athlete safety, and environmental sustainability. 

What We Will Measure (2028 Target Outcomes)• Become an organization renowned throughout the sports industry for its exceptional customer service with an annual 8.0 blended average customer satisfaction rating (CSAT) across constituents and members• Position the organization as the industry leader in resources for all constituents and prospective multisport athletes to elevate and connect the triathlon/multisport community• Assure the top-25 markets in the United States have a vibrant triathlon/multisport community through support of youth and adult clubs, local races, volunteerism and strong governmental relationships 

GROW THE SPORT

How We Will Do It (Strategies)• Deepen Connection with Membership. Retain and support the triathlon/multisport membership base by delivering meaningful value and transforming an athlete’s personal relationship with the sport into a lifestyle, mindset and passionate lifelong pursuit.• Build Youth Development Pathways and Infrastructure. Provide clear pathways into the sport from youth to collegiate athletes and develop programs to grow the next generation of athletes.• Ensure Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access. Break down barriers and create opportunities to engage individuals from underserved and underrepresented populations and foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for people of every race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, ability and socioeconomic status.• Engage New Audiences: Increase pathways to attract fitness enthusiasts, become the trusted source for new triathlon/multisport athletes, strengthen strategic partnerships, and leverage innovative fitness technology and gaming to reach new audiences. 

What We Will Measure (2028 Target Outcomes)• Improve the average membership lifetime value (baseline to be determined in 2021)• Increase diversity in triathlon/multisport to better reflect the demographics of the United States• Build an established and nationally recognized high school sport program 

ELEVATE THE BRAND AND THE SPORT

How We Will Do It (Strategies)• Reposition the sport: Activate #PowerWithin to address the sport’s challenges head-on, galvanize the current triathlon/multisport community and inspire new audiences to discover the health and wellness benefits of the sport, and ultimately, realize the best versions of themselves.• Embrace All Multisport Formats. Fully embrace the diversity of swim, bike, run experiences by promoting all triathlon/multisport related disciplines.• Establish Triathlon and Multisport as Mainstream. Increase public awareness of triathlon/multisport as an aspirational, yet attainable, participatory sport and establish it as a compelling and exciting spectator sport.• Optimize the Road to LA 2028. Leverage LA 2028. Engage current and prospective fans and athletes on the journey through Tokyo and Paris to the 2028 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Los Angeles to raise awareness, excitement and support for triathlon/multisport in the U.S. 

What We Will Measure (2028 Target Outcomes)• Increase the brand health score by 20% by elevating the brand of the sport and USA Triathlon• Expand non-traditional swim-bike-run formats to double participation• Evolve triathlon/multisport from a primarily participant sport to a spectator sport 

EMBODY SPORT LEADERSHIP

How We Will Do It (Strategies)• Ensure Athlete Well-Being. Support holistic athlete development, with an emphasis on health, safety, fair competition and personal growth through significant, focused efforts on SafeSport, and clean sport.• Support Olympic/Paralympic Performance. Establish the best Olympic and Paralympic high-performance triathlon programs in the world by providing resources focused on sustained competitive excellence and identifying and supporting the best athletes to attain podium finishes, and a comprehensive career transition program for elite athletes.• Establish International Impact. Foster meaningful relationships as an influential leader with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), U.S. National Governing Bodies (NGBs), United States Olympic and Paralympic Properties (USOPP), LA 2028 Organizing Committee, World Triathlon, and other National Federations (NFs) for the sport.• Optimize Organizational Performance. Promote an organizational culture that is people-first and data and results-driven. 

What We Will Measure (2028 Target Outcomes)• Develop the top high performance program in the world as measured by best overall podium finishes in LA2028• Continue to act as the prominent leader and influencer for the sport nationally and establish USA Triathlon as the primary leader for the sport internationally• Strive to become the best place to work in sports and earn a 90% overall employee satisfaction annually 

ENSURE FINANCIAL STRENGTH

How We Will Do It (Strategies)• Inspire Philanthropic Growth. Create an industry leading major gift program and establish an endowment to support strategic priorities.• Expand Corporate Partner Engagement. Develop mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations that can lend expertise, exposure and resources to USA Triathlon and to the sport.• Maximize Revenue Streams. Expand existing sources of revenue and develop new revenue-generating opportunities.• Ensure Fiscal Stewardship. Prioritize sound financial management and organizational effectiveness to achieve strategic priorities. 

What We Will Measure (2028 Target Outcomes)• Secure $4,000,000 annually in donations for the foundation and develop an endowment• Grow marketing related revenue to $6,000,000 annually• Ensure cash reserves equal to six months of operating expenses and exceed $20,000,000 in annual revenue 

USA Triathlon Elevate 2028 Working Group

  • Ann Bailey, Government Relations, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley & Team USAAge Group Athlete
  • Victoria Brumfield, USA Triathlon Chief of Staff
  • Rob Canales, ROKA Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
  • Dave Deschenes, USA Triathlon Foundation Executive Director
  • John Farra, USA Triathlon High Performance General Manager
  • Marcus Fitts, GRIT USA Founder and Owner
  • Dirk Friel, Peaksware and TrainingPeaks Co-Founder
  • Gabriela Gallegos, USA Triathlon Board of Directors, President and Race Director at Race El Paso
  • Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon Chief Executive Officer
  • Jacqueline McCook, Past President, USA Triathlon Board of Directors
  • Chuck Menke, Former USA Triathlon Chief Marketing Officer
  • Joel Rosinbum, President, USA Triathlon Board of Directors and Elite Paratriathlete
  • Erin Storie, USA Triathlon Elite Athlete
  • Kenneth Shropshire, Global Sport Institute Chief Executive Officer
  • Nellie Viner, USA Triathlon Senior Counsel
  • Earl Walton, IRONMAN Global Director of Training and Coaching
  • Katie Willemarck, USA Triathlon Controller
  • Tim Yount, USA Triathlon Chief Sport Development Officer 

Facilitators

  • Avery Wilson, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee
  • Jace Coston, USOPC
  • Danielle Lopez, USOPC
  • Kelly Stone, USOPC
  • Davis Tutt, USOPC
  • Liz Browne, USA Triathlon

USA TRIATHLON ANNOUNCES 2021 TOYOTA U.S. PARATRIATHLON NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

From USA Triathlon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the 16 members of the 2021 Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon National Team, the group of athletes who will represent the U.S. at the highest levels of elite paratriathlon competition during the 2021 season. 

The talented group, which includes four Paralympic triathlon medalists and six world champions, will compete at World Triathlon Para Cup events, World Triathlon Para Series events and the World Triathlon Para Championships throughout 2021. Select athletes will also represent Team USA at the postponed Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, which will take place this summer from Aug. 24-Sept. 5. 

“USA Triathlon is proud to honor the 16 paratriathletes who will represent us on the world stage this season,” said Amanda Duke Boulet, USA Triathlon Paralympic Program Director. “The 2021 roster includes both veterans of the sport and relative newcomers, but all have the potential to win medals against fierce international competition. Our athletes have adaptability and resilience at their core, and they are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to qualify and compete at the Tokyo Paralympic Games this summer.”

The Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon National Team is supported by Toyota, USA Triathlon’s Exclusive Mobility & Automotive Partner. Toyota has shown unparalleled commitment to the paratriathlon program, serving as the title partner for the Toyota USA Paratriathlon National Championships and in 2019 combining with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and USA Triathlon to offer the first-ever professional prize purse for the event. Toyota also directly sponsors select Team Toyota paratriathletes.

Read the rest of the entire article, including the complete team roster HERE.

Endurance Exchange Silent Auction benefitting the USA Triathlon Foundation

Join us in supporting the USA Triathlon Foundation 

Unique Experiences. Olympic Memorabilia. One-of-Kind Items. Travel.

Looking to support a great cause? Check out the Endurance Exchange Silent Auction benefitting the USA Triathlon Foundation. Proceeds from the auction will support the Foundation’s mission to transform lives through sport for all, to include supporting our Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and athletes competing at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The auction will close at 12:00PM EST on Sunday, January 31st. Packages are available for all interests and budgets starting out at Cases of Vice Wine all the way up to VIP Spectator Package for the IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Have questions about the auction items or want more information about the Foundation? Please contact Dave Deschenes at Dave.Deschenes@usatriathlonfoundation.org.

A Weight Lifted: Paratriathlete Hailey Danz Shares Her Coming Out Story

From USA Triathlon
By Hailey Danz

In November, 2020, I did one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done. In this social media post, I came out as gay.

I think I’ve known I was gay since college, but I fought it for a long time. I already fell into one minority group having lost my leg to cancer, and I guess I didn’t want there to be one more thing to make me different. Even as I began to accept this piece of my identity, I was ambivalent toward the idea of coming out publicly. On the one hand, it felt like something I shouldn’t be obligated to do. While my sexuality is a part of me, it’s certainly not the most significant part. I didn’t want to make a big deal about being gay because in the grand scheme of who I am, it’s not a big deal. 

(It’s my hope that one day people won’t feel like they have to “come out” as we know it, because acceptance of differences in sexuality is the norm. And for the record, I think we’re close to this being the case.)

But the reality is, we’re not there yet. And in our current world, if you’re a gay professional athlete who’s not publicly out, you’re hiding something. 

And let me tell you, hiding a part of yourself is exhausting. The weight of that burden is not unlike the weight of a chronically high training load. When you carry it around long enough, fatigue becomes your baseline, and you stop noticing how much effort you’re using just to stay afloat. You get really good at convincing yourself that everything is fine, ignoring that extra edge of irritability or the racing mind that keeps you up at night. And so you power through, believing you’re doing what’s best, until one day you wake up and realize you can’t possibly spend one more second pedaling your bike … or pretending to be someone you’re not. 

This is where I found myself in November. It had been months in the making, but I was finally able to admit to myself that the weight of hiding was too heavy to continue carrying. I decided I had too much to offer this world, and the energy I was using to filter myself needed to be devoted to greater things.

That was when I decided to share the most difficult — and most liberating — thing I had ever written.

Read the rest of the entire article here

Get ready: National Triathlon Week is coming!

Are you ready for National Triathlon Week? Starting June 22, join the multisport community in celebrating the sport of triathlon by sharing your experiences, inspiring stories, advice and support on social media using the hashtag #TriWeek.

From USA Triathlon

National Triathlon Week is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the sport of triathlon and all of the members of the multisport community. It is taking place from June 22-28, 2020. This week is geared toward education, celebration and participation in the multisport lifestyle. The schedule for the week features a new theme each day, with a spotlight on all of the components that make this sport so great. National Triathlon Week, or #TriWeek, is a celebration of not only triathletes, but all members of the multisport community — including officials, coaches, race directors, families and friends of triathletes and more.

There are many ways to get involved in National Triathlon Week! Whether you have 5 minutes or a full day, you’ll find a way to join the celebration. Check out the Get Involved page for ideas on how to share your excitement for the sport of triathlon, and be sure to use the hashtag #TriWeek on social media. This is your chance to share your story and compete against friends and triathletes across the country for daily prizes.

New to triathlon? Visit mytimetotri.com to get started today! Triathlon is an amazing sport, and we want to share it with you.

National Triathlon Week is for everyone, and we want to celebrate with everyone! We look forward to hearing your best stories and advice, seeing your favorite photos and sharing the multisport lifestyle all week long!

Follow and like us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for special feature content throughout the week and details on you can be eligible to win some amazing prizes from our partners. 

National Triathlon Week Prize Giveaways and Discounts

Winners selected June 22-28, 2020, unless otherwise noted. Check out our social pages and engage with our giveaway posts to be entered to win one of the day’s special prizes, listed below. You can also find discounts on your favorite triathlon gear all week long at the USAT Store

Monday, June 22: Time to Tri Day

USA Triathlon-branded Newton Running Shoes, Training Peaks 6-month subscription (4)

Tuesday, June 23: Olympic & Paralympic Day

Hyperice Hypervolt, Wahoo TICKR Heart Rate Monitor

Wednesday, June 24: Swim Day

ROKA goggles, KT Tape Pro Extreme Black

Thursday, June 25: Bike Day

Rudy Project Defender Sunglasses, Rudy Project Strym helmet

Friday, June 26: Run Day

Science in Sport $50 Gift Card (3), CURREX RunPro Insoles, CURREX BikePro Insoles

Saturday, June 27: Race Day

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial $110 Gift Card (3), Amp Human PR Lotion Starter Kit, Pilates for Sports Free 3-month Trial

Sunday, June 28: Community Appreciation Day

2XU Triathlon Prize Package, featuring a pair of 2XU MCS Run compression Tights, a pair 2XU Power Recovery Compression Tights, a pair of 2XU Recovery Socks, a pair of Full-Length 2XU VECTR Socks, a pair of 2XU Vectr Socks and a 2XU Run Belt


New this year, National Triathlon Week will also include a #TriWeek Virtual Challenge presented by TOWER 26, as well as a #TriWeek Triathlon Tournament to determine the best all-time moment in U.S. triathlon history. The complete schedule, along with ideas for how to participate are at  usatriathlon.org/triweek. Get pumped!

USA Triathlon, CHALLENGE North America and PTO Team up for $1 Million Prize Purse at Daytona Tri Festival

It was announced today that USA Triathlon and the Professional Triathletes Organisation have joined forces with CHALLENGENORTHAMERICA to be part of its iconic CHALLENGEDAYTONA race at Daytona International Speedway on December 4th, 5th and 6th.  The three-day triathlon festival will attract athletes from around the world to compete at the “World Center of Racing ®” and will feature an array of different events, including age-grouper sprint and middle-distance events, junior challenges, a Pro-Am relay and will culminate with a PTO Middle Distance World Championship Race with a $1,000,000 prize purse for the world’s top professional triathletes.

William Christy, CEO of CHALLENGENORTHAMERICA shares, “In often a divided world, triathlon has been a unifying force for athletes across the globe. We come together to compete as a family of global athletes. The global pandemic has displaced athletes and cancelled races and now more than ever, our world needs to unite. Our festival allows us to cheer and compete for a shared cause.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our daily lives and routines in dramatic ways. As we adjust and adapt to these changing circumstances, we also know that our entire multisport community is eagerly awaiting the day we can safely and responsibly race again,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “USA Triathlon is proud to support CHALLENGENORTHAMERICA and the PTO by sanctioning a world-class event in December that will showcase the camaraderie of our sport.”

Charles Adamo, PTO Chairman, stated “The PTO is pleased to be able to work with the USA Triathlon and CHALLENGEDAYTONA to support the triathlon community to provide race opportunities for athletes. Since many professional events have been cancelled and some races rescheduled without a professional prize purse, the PTO is committing $1,000,000 of prize money for the PTO Middle Distance World Championship.”

In addition, the PTO Championships on December 6th, the CHALLENGEDAYTONAFestival weekend will include a wide array of events catering to athletes of all ages and abilities. The event weekend is anticipated to host the following events:

·       PTO Middle Distance World Championships

·       Sprint and Middle-Distance Triathlons

·       Junior Challenge kids’ race

·       Pro Am Relay Race

·       5K/10K run/walk events

·       Relay categories

·       Duathlon and Aquabike events


The top six male and female finishers in each Middle-Distance Triathlon age group will qualify for entry in THECHAMPIONSHIP, to be held in May 2021 at the x-bionic sphere in Samorin, Slovakia.

Zibi Szlufcik, CHALLENGEFAMILY President of the Board, commented, “While there is still uncertainty associated with the effects of the global pandemic, we know that planning, preparation and hope must continue for the triathlon community. Our teams are busy making the necessary preparations for what we all hope will be a tribute to our sport.”

Triathlon and Wine – Like Peas and Carrots

Triathletes tend to have many vices including spending way too much money on bikes, signing up for a handful of races year after year, and we’d like to venture to say that drinking wine in copious amounts can be added to the list.

Triathlon and wine apparently go hand in hand like peas and carrots.

Yesterday the USA Triathlon Foundation announced a partnership with The Vice Wine. For USA Triathlon members, The Vice Wine is offering a 25% discount on all orders. Use the discount code USAT25. Check out the press release below on how you can give back to the sport and add to your current wine collection!


USA TRIATHLON FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH THE VICE WINE, MAKERS OF “THE TRI BLEND”

Proceeds from luxury limited edition batch will benefit the Foundation’s mission

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The USA Triathlon Foundation today announced a partnership with The Vice Wine, a luxury winery based in Napa Valley, California, and operating out of California and New York, through 2022.

Proceeds from The Vice Wine’s triathlon-inspired luxury limited edition batch The Tri Blend will benefit the USA Triathlon Foundation and help to support its mission, which is to transform lives through sport by providing opportunities to swim, bike and run. The Vice Wine is co-founded by Malek Amrani, a multi-year member of USA Triathlon’s amateur Team USA, and his wife, Torie Greenberg.

“Pursuing a partnership with The Vice Wine is a unique opportunity for the USA Triathlon Foundation,” said David Deschenes, Executive Director of the USA Triathlon Foundation. “We’re able to provide our athletes with a high-quality, one-of-a-kind product, while also offering a unique way to give back to the sport by supporting the mission of the foundation.”

“Elite and amateur triathletes alike have an ongoing quest for improvement in sports, while maintaining a clean and healthy diet, which is a pillar of the triathlete lifestyle,” Amrani, Founder and Winemaker of The Vice Wine, said. “In 2017, triathlon became a healthy vice for me and helped me tremendously thrive in my field of winemaking. I’m proud that the simple pleasure of enjoying a glass of The Vice Wine can now help the USA Triathlon Foundation achieve its mission.”

The Tri Blend is available exclusively at The Vice Wine’s online shop at thevicewine.com. Based on triathlon’s three disciplines, the blend includes three distinctive grapes and is ultimately comprised of 16 percent Petite Sirah, 54 percent Malbec and 30 percent Cabernet Franc. The inspiration behind the precise blending is the percentage of total race time spent on each discipline — swim, bike and run — by world champion Katie Zaferes en route to her victory at the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“In triathlon, you have to consistently train for a long season and excel at all three sports during a race to score a victory,” Amrani said. “As in triathlon, I’ve worked very hard for the past three years to craft three unique wines from three vineyards of Napa Valley to blend this winner.”

“When I found out the inspiration behind The Vice ‘Tri Blend’ was my win at the ITU Grand Final 2019, I was both honored and excited,” Zaferes said. “It’s such an original and neat way to celebrate that day. I love that the blend of the wine is based on each component of the race, which really makes it all the more meaningful. This type of specialty wine has me looking forward to both savoring it and holding onto it just as I wanted to do with that moment in Lausanne last year. I just can’t wait for the moment when we can reunite with family and friends again and celebrate with such a meaningful wine that brings back many happy memories as we start a new journey to get back to racing, while being able to support the mission of the USA Triathlon Foundation.”

The Vice Wine will continuously craft dedicated batches for the triathlon community in support of the USA Triathlon Foundation. The Vice Wine will be available in the expo area for athletes over 21 years of age* at the Legacy Triathlon in Long Beach, California, and the Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee. USA Triathlon annual members may use the code USAT25 to receive 25 percent off of all The Vice Wine products through May 30, and The Vice Wine will communicate additional member-exclusive offers throughout the year.

*Note: Advertising for The Vice Wine will not be included in materials or content targeted to USA Triathlon’s youth or under-21 audience.

The Vice Wine is a result of passionate labor, sustainable farming, a long expertise of the wine industry and a current understanding of the consumer’s wine trend. The luxury brand sources small-batch, single-grape varietals from hand-selected vineyards in Napa Valley. The wines contain no added chemicals, are low in sulfites and are certified vegan. The Vice Wines have received ratings of 90+ points in leading publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and James Suckling.

For more information about The Vice Wine, visit thevicewine.com.

To donate to the USA Triathlon Foundation, or to learn more about the foundation and the programs and individuals it supports, visit usatriathlonfoundation.org.


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 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors – as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation – 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 & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

About the USA Triathlon Foundation
The USA Triathlon Foundation was created in 2014 by the USA Triathlon Board of Directors as an independent tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity. Under the leadership of its Trustees and Committee members, the Foundation serves as a means to create a healthier America through triathlon and seeks to transform lives by opening up new pathways to the sport for all, especially those who are otherwise underserved. The USA Triathlon Foundation operates with the belief that every child should have the chance to participate, every paratriathlete should have the opportunity to compete, and every aspiring elite athlete should be able to chase his or her Olympic dream. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than $3 million has been provided to worthy causes and organizations that support its mission. Donations to the USA Triathlon Foundation ensure America’s youth are introduced to the benefits and fun of a multisport lifestyle, athletes with disabilities receive the training, support and gear to be able to participate and excel, and the best aspiring young athletes have a chance to pursue their Olympic Dreams. Visit usatriathlonfoundation.org to learn more and donate today.

About The Vice Wine
The Vice Wine is a Napa Valley luxury wine brand made in small batches. Each batch is crafted from single grape varietals sourced from hand selected vineyards that best express the grape varietal and the region that it comes from. The Vice wines is a result of passionate labor, sustainable farming, a long expertise of the wine industry and a current understanding of the consumer’s wine trend. The Vice wines is about as personal of a brand as it gets. Everything is done by the founders. We drive the truck to get our fruit, we crush, bottle, label; we do everything by hand when possible. We design the labels, work the market, and sell the wine. We believe that the best wines in the world aren’t the most expensive ones. We thrive at providing the best quality wine at the best value. For more information visit thevicewine.com and follow on @thevicewine