| Allison Jones is one of six reigning world champions named to the U.S. Paralympics Cycling National A Team.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today that ten athletes, including six reigning world champions, have been named to the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National A Team. Nine athletes were named to the national B team, with an additional 17 athletes named to the national development team.
“The thing that I’m really happy with is that the team has a mix of veteran athletes who are solid medal contenders and annual medal winners, but backing them up is a crop of upcoming athletes who fill our pipeline and have great medal potential,” said Ian Lawless, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics cycling. “That is the best possible scenario for our team so that when our veterans are at the end of their careers and are ready to move on, there is another group of athletes ready to step-up and fill those podium spots.”
Team USA was the best in the world in 2013, with the U.S. cyclists finishing No. 1 in the medal count at the International Cycling Union Para-cycling Road World Championships. Team USA won 19 medals (12 gold, two silver and five bronze).
2014 national team athletes who won world titles in 2013 include: Muffy Davis (Salt Lake City, Utah), Megan Fisher (Missoula, Mont.), Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Wash.), Greta Neimanas (Asheville, N.C.) and Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, Calif.).
Team USA begins the 2014 season at the Los Angeles Para Track Cycling Open Feb. 15-16. From there the team will compete in the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico, April 10-13. Athletes will have the home field advantage of competing on U.S. soil in August when Greenville, S.C. hosts the Para-cycling Road World Championships Aug. 28 – Sept. 1.
Additional athletes may be added to the team rosters throughout the season.
Rosters for the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Teams
National A Team
National B Team
- Joseph Berenyi (Oswego, Ill.) MC3
- Alicia Dana (Putney, Vt.) WH2
- Muffy Davis (Salt Lake City, Utah) WH2
- Megan Fisher (Missoula, Mont.) WC4
- Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.) WH1
- Samantha Heinrich (Spring Hill, Fla.) WC5
- Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) WC2
- Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Wash.) MC2
- Greta Neimanas (Asheville, N.C.) WC5
- Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, Calif.) WC3
National Developmental Team
- Jonathan Copsey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) MC4
- William Lachenauer (Reno, Nev.) MH2
- Jeffrey "Scott" Martin (Oceanside, Calif.) MC4
- Clark Rachfal (Annapolis, Md.) MB Stoker
- Oz Sanchez (San Diego, Calif.) MH4
- Jennifer Schuble (Birmingham, Ala.) WC5
- David Swanson (Tucson, Ariz.) MB Pilot
- Karissa Whitsell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) WB Stoker
- Mackenzie Woodring (Belmont, Mich.) WB Pilot
- Matthew Bigos (Cardiff By The Sea, Calif.) MC1
- Ryan Boyle (Marietta, Ga.) MT2
- Shawn Cheshire (Camillus, N.Y.) WB Stoker
- Jason Kimball (Spring Lake, N.C.) MC3
- Kevin Meyers (Greenfield, Wis.) MB Stoker
- Carlos Moleda (Bluffton, S.C.) MH3
- Christopher Murphy (Alta Loma, Calif.) MC5
- Steven Peace (San Diego, Calif.) MT2
- David Randall (Ontario, Ohio) MH2
- David Rose (Calabasas, Calif.) MC3
- Rachel Scdoris (Bend, Ore.) WB Stoker
- Robert Springer (Sturtevant, Wis.) MB Stoker
- Aaron Trent (Greenville, S.C.) MC4
- Jennifer Triplett (Colorado Springs, Colo.) WB Pilot
- Lisa Turnbull (Springfield, Ore.) WB Pilot
- Matt Updike (Denver, Colo.) MH2
- Justin Widhalm (Colorado Springs, Colo.) MC4