Triathlon Preview
The triathlon events at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 will consist of an individual Olympic-distance race (1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run) as well the triathlon mixed relay, which is new to the Pan American sport program. The mixed relay competition features teams of four athletes — two men and two women — who each complete a super-sprint triathlon (approx. 300-meter swim, 6.6-kilometer bike and 1-kilometer run) before tagging off to the next teammate. The men’s and women’s individual races are set for Saturday, July 27, and the mixed relay will be held Monday, July 29. 

The U.S. looks to add to its impressive collection of 11 all-time Pan American Games triathlon medals, including five golds, with a strong 2019 squad of up-and-coming stars. Every athlete on the roster is making his or her Pan American Games debut this year. 

The U.S. women aim to return to the podium for the first time since 2011, after concluded the Pan American Games Toronto 2015 with a highest finish of fifth place by Chelsea Burns. The U.S. women have medaled in four of the last six Pan American Games since the introduction of the sport in 1995, most recently a gold by Sarah Haskins in 2011. \

The women’s roster for the 2019 Games includes Avery Evenson, Sophie Chase and Mary Alex England. All three women competed in track and cross-country at the NCAA Division I level — Chase for Stanford University, England for University of Mississippi and Evenson for the University of Michigan. 

The U.S. women are continuing a strong 2019 season highlighted by Evenson’s win at the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup and England’s silver medal at the Salinas CAMTRI SprintTriathlon American Cup. The three women have nine top-15 ITU World Cup finishes between them. 

The U.S. men look to build on their success from 2015, when Kevin McDowell earned a silver medal. Headlining the men’s roster is Jason West, the 2018 USA Triathlon Elite National Championships runner-up and the 2019 Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup champion. 

Also competing are Austin Hindman, the 2016 ITU junior world champion and a member of USA Triathlon’s Project Podium men’s elite development squad based at Arizona State University, and William Huffman, the 2018 USA Triathlon Elite National Championships bronze medalist. The U.S. men have earned a combined total of four medals in elite ITU competition this season, including one gold, two silvers and a bronze.