COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Top performances throughout September earned paratriathlete Megan Fisher (Seattle, Wash.) and wrestler Jordan Burroughs (Sicklerville, N.J.) Athlete of the Month recognition, while the U.S. women’s eight rowing team received Team of the Month honors, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Fisher won her third world championship title in the TRI-5 division at the 2013 International Triathlon Union Paratriathlon World Championships, held Sept. 13 in London. Fisher completed the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5K run course in 1:26:27, finishing more than 90 seconds ahead of the field. The win marked her second world title in September. She also won the road race in the C4 division at the 2013 Para-cycling Road World Championships.
Burroughs won the gold medal in men’s freestyle 74 kg. division at the 2013 World Championships, held Sept. 16-22 in Budapest, Hungary, becoming only the second American wrestler to win three consecutive world or Olympic gold medals. He outscored five opponents by a combined 34-3 total and earned a 4-0 win over Iran’s Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei in the final, less than a month after breaking his ankle. The victory extended his senior-level winning streak to 65-0, dating back to 2011. The gold-medal run is considered one of the greatest achievements in wrestling history.
The U.S. women’s eight rowing team won its eighth-consecutive world title at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea. The U.S. took the lead 250 meters into the final, crossing the finish line in 6:02.14 – nearly five seconds ahead of second-place Romania. The winning crew, which was reconfigured days before competition due to an injured rower, consisted of Katelin Snyder (Detroit, Mich.), Caroline Lind (Greensboro, N.C.), Vicky Opitz (Middleton, Wis.), Meghan Musnicki (Naples, N.Y.), Grace Luczak (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Lauren Schmetterling (Moorestown, N.J.), Emily Regan (Buffalo, N.Y.), Kerry Simmonds (San Diego, Calif.) and Amanda Polk (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Tennis standout Serena Williams (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and wrestling’s Adeline Gray (Lakewood, Colo.) earned second and third place in the female vote. On the men’s side, paratriathlete Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, Wash.) finished runner-up, while cycling’s Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev.) claimed third. The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team finished second in the team competition, while the U.S. 18U National Baseball Team rounded out the voting in third.
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees with online fan voting via Twitter accounting for 10 percent of the total vote.
1. Megan Fisher, Paratriathlon
2. Serena Williams, Tennis
3. Adeline Gray, Wrestling
1. Jordan Burroughs, Wrestling
2. Aaron Scheidies, Paratriathlon
3. Connor Fields, Cycling
1. U.S. Women’s Eight Team, Rowing
2. U.S. Women’s National Team, Volleyball
3. U.S. 18U National Team, Baseball