COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – More than 400 athletes will be part of a robust Team USA competing at the ITU Age Group World Championship in Vancouver, Canada, on June 7.
Team USA earned 39 age group medals at last year’s World Championship in Hamburg, Germany, and the team will try to surpass that number this year.
The team is the largest to qualify and represent the U.S. at a world championship. The majority of the athletes earned their spots at last year’s USAT Age Group National Championship in Portland, Ore., while others made the team at one of 10 USAT Regional Championships held in 2007.
“There’s a lot of excitement for this year’s World Championship,” said USAT National Events Director Jeff Dyrek. “Not only will Team USA athletes have the opportunity to compete close to home but they will also be part of one of the largest teams in history. The quality of this year’s team is also one of the best we have seen in a long time. Team USA will give Team Canada a run for their money in the overall medal count.”
Returning medalists from the 2007 World Championship, where the U.S. earned eight gold, six silver and 10 bronze medals, include: F75-79 Molly Hayes (Bozeman, Mont.), M80+ Charley French (Ketchum, Idaho), F45-49 Annie Carrino (Portola Valley, Calif.), F50-54 Donna Smyers (Adamant, Vt.), F60-64 Lauren Binder (Portland, Ore.), F65-69 Peggy McDowell-Cramer (Santa Monica, Calif.), M65-69 Patrick Wickens (Redondo Beach, Calif.), F18-19 Ashley Morgan (West Point, N.Y.), F35-39 Stacey Richardson (Chapel Hill, N.C.), F65-69 Graciela Val (Evanston, Ill.), F70-74 Sheila Isaacs (Shoreham, N.Y.), M55-59 Rick Trachok (Reno, Nev.), M70-74 Jon Adamson (Alpharetta, Ga.).
The 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run Olympic distance race will start and finish in English Bay, while the bike portion extends into Stanley Park. The venue will have a festival feel throughout the event as thousands will be taking in the race action, sport expo, opening ceremonies, and parade of nations.
The world championship weekend also will feature the Elite World Championship, including races for juniors and U23 athletes, as well as a Sprint World Championship in which several U.S. junior athletes will be competing, and also a Physically Challenged World Championship.
Nineteen U.S. athletes will compete in the Physically Challenged World Championship. Returning medalists from last year’s world championship, where U.S. PC athletes earned seven gold, four silver and two bronze medals, include: Amy Dodson (Adrian, Mich.), Beth Price (Headland, Ala.), Matt Perkins (Boise, Idaho), David Kyle (Athens, Ala.), Scout Bassett (Palm Desert, Calif.), Jonathan Bik (Sacramento, Calif.), and Jeff Glasbrenner (Little Rock, Ark.).
Other age group athletes to watch: M30-34 Phillippe Kozub; F30-34 Rachel Ross; M35-39 John Reback; M40-44 Bill Reeves, Darrin Rohr; F40-44 Steph Popelar, Linda Robb; M45-49 Emilio DeSoto, Peter Kain, Kyle Welch; F45-49 Karen Newman, Holly Nybo; M50-54 Dennis Moriarity, Tony Schiller; F50-54 Karen Chequer-Pfeiffer, Bridget Dawson, Susan Griffin-Kaklikian, Kelly Molaski, Laurie Samuelson; M55-59 Jim Bruskewitz, Tim Kerr; F55-59 Diane Proud, Ann Sims, Sandi Wiebe; M60-64 Bradley Price, David Roadhouse, Kent Robison; F60-64 Trish Kimper, Phyllis Mason, Anne Wright; M65-69 David McNeely, Robert Plant; F65-69 Ann Erickson; M70-74 Roger Brockenbrough, Gary Leske; F70-74 Susan Bradley-Cox, Jan Miller; M75-79 Lew Hollander.