MEDIA ADVISORY: USOC , USA Triathlon to Host Teleconference Tuesday, April 8 to Preview the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Triathlon COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Triathlon (USAT) will host a teleconference Tuesday, April 8 at 2 p.m. MDT (4 p.m. EDT) with 2008 U.S. Olympic Team hopefuls Julie Ertel (Irving, Calif.), Sarah Groff (Cooperstown, N.Y. / Boulder, Colo.), Sarah Haskins (St. Louis, Mo. / Colorado Springs, Colo.), Hunter Kemper (Longwood, Fla. / Colorado Springs, Colo.), Andy Potts (Princeton, N.J. / Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Matt Reed (Boulder, Colo.) to preview the upcoming 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Triathlon in Tuscaloosa, Ala., April 19. Ertel is ranked No. 3 after the 2007 season. In 2007, she brought home gold at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Haul to the Great Wall Series for a second time (2005, 2007), she was also the USAT Elite national champion. Ertel joined the elite ranks of triathlon after winning the 2002 overall age-group title at ITU Worlds. A dual sport athlete, Ertel also won silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in water polo. A USAT National Team member and 2007 ITU Aquathlon world champion (a run-swim-run competition), Groff ended 2007 with a No. 4 ranking. Groff, an All-American and All-NESCAC athlete for Middlebury College, effectively used her collegiate swimming background to take home gold at the 2007 Geneva Pan Am Cup. Haskins, who began competing in triathlons in 2003 after graduating from college, turned pro in 2004 and has risen quickly through the pack. Ranked No. 2 after the 2007 season, Haskins has several accomplishments under her belt. She was a national champion in the U23 and Elite levels in 2004 and 2006 respectively, and won the Haul to the Great Wall Elite Series in 2006. Most recently, Haskins brought home silver at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Introduced to triathlon at age 10, Kemper was the first U.S. man to be ranked No. 1 in the 2007 ITU World Rankings. A six-time Elite national champion, four-time USOC Triathlete of the Year, and two-time Olympian (2000, 2004), finished 2007 ranked No. 8 and won the 2007 USAT Haul to the Great Wall series. He is married to former U.S. National Volleyball Team member, Val Sterk. One of the most recognizable faces in USA Triathlon today, Potts used 2007 to his advantage, ending the year ranked No. 2. A member of the U.S. National Swim Team from 1995-1997, he participated in his first Olympic triathlon at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Potts has since been named the USAT Elite Athlete of the Year twice (2006, 2007) and the 2007 non-ITU Elite Triathlete of the Year. He earned 2007 honors by winning the Pan American Games and the USAT National Championships. Potts is also the 2007 Ironman 70.3 world champion. Reed, originally from Palmerstown, New Zealand, raced for his home country until 2004 and gained his U.S. citizenship in 2008. His brother, also a triathlete, competes for their native New Zealand. A 2004 USAT Elite national champion, Reed teamed with Potts and Brian Fleischmann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in 2006 to win the ITU Triathlon world title. Reed ended 2007 ranked No. 1 in the U.S. WHO: USA Triathlon Olympic Team Hopefuls Julie Ertel, Sarah Groff, Sarah Haskins, Hunter Kemper, Andy Potts and Matt Reed WHAT: USOC and USA Triathlon teleconference WHEN: Tuesday, April 8-2 p.m. MDT (4 p.m. EDT/ 1 p.m. PDT) DIAL-IN: 1-800-311-9410
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