Cairo, Egypt - The 2020 World Cup season starts this Wednesday with World Cup #1 tanking place in Cairo, Egypt. The best athletes from around the world will be looking to pick up Olympic Ranking points in order to qualify themselves from the Olympic Ranking List. A refresher in the Olympic Ranking List process can be found here. Team USA is looking for a strong result with the 4 women and 4 men that will be competing in Cairo.
The women will be led by Olympic Qualifier, Samantha Schultz. She is coming off a great 2019 season, where she qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games at the 2019 Pan Am Games. Jessica Davis, who enters these World Cups as the #2 ranked woman in the USA, will be looking for a strong result. She is currently ranked 17th on the Olympic Ranking List and will be fighting to keep her position on that ranking list. The #3 ranked USA woman, Isabella Isaksen, is currently ranked 56th on the Olympic Ranking List. Her Olympic ranking is comprised of 2 results, with the list comprised of your best 3 results. With a good result, this competition can be her 3rd result and she will move up that ranking list. The 4th woman is former Youth World Championships medalist, Ania Olesinski. Her first result for the Olympic Ranking List will be coming from this World Cup. These are the top women in the USA and all will be competing for valuable Olympic Ranking Points.
USA men’s team will be comprised of the second, third, fourth, and fifth ranked men in the USA. Ranked #2 is Barrett Celecki. This is his first time on the national team and first time competing in a World Cup. He will look to carry his momentum from the two US qualifiers into this World Cup. Brendan Anderson is ranked #3 in the USA. No stranger to World Cups, this former World Championships finalist will use his experience against the high level international athletes and look for a strong result. Tyler Evans, ranked #4 in the USA will be competing for the first time in Cairo. He nearly missed making a final in a World Cup in the 2019 season, and here in Cairo, he hopes to make his first final at a World Cup. Rounding out the men is Sam Ruddock. He competed in Cairo last year, so he knows this course and hopes to use it towards his advantage. All of Team USA men will be looking to gain high Olympic Ranking Points and move up the Olympic Ranking List.
This will be an exciting World Cup. Be sure to go to www.usapentathlon.org for daily recaps. GO TEAM USA!!!