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2 Americans Named Triathlon Technical Officials for Rio 2016

By USA Triathlon | March 29, 2016, 3:42 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Americans Reg Whatley and Stevee Espling have been selected by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) as technical officials who will oversee and officiate the triathlon competitions at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio this summer. 

technical officialsThe duties of the technical officials are to conduct the competition in accordance with the ITU Competition Rules. They are assigned to registration, start, finish, transition area, swim, bike, run, wheel stations, aid stations, technology and vehicle control. An adequate number of technical officials will be assigned to each area and will be responsible for the enforcement of ITU Competition Rules within their assigned jurisdiction. 

Whatley (Carlsbad, Calif.) will be part of the 40-person technical officials team for the Olympic Games triathlon, which will take place on Aug. 18 (men) and 20 (women). Espling (Jacksonville, Fla.) will be on the first-ever 42-person TO team for the Paralympic Games triathlon. Paratriathlon debuts in this year’s Paralympic Games on Sept. 10-11. All triathlon events will take place at Rio’s famed Copacabana Beach. It will be the first time serving as a Games TO for both Whatley and Espling.

“I was blown away upon hearing the assignment and with that emotion was humility and honor, knowing that I will represent the USA, USA Triathlon and all technical officials in our federation and those across the globe,” Whatley said. “Over the course of my officiating experience I’ve had the honor to not only be assigned many international events, but gained personally and professionally through my interactions with others from all over the world. As a Level 3 International Technical Official, great responsibility lies in how you collaborate, share and educate along the way, and this will always be a constant mantra for me.”

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“I am more than honored to represent the USA in this Paralympic Games debut of paratriathlon, serving as a technical official,” Espling said. “Thank you to my fellow teammate Reg Whatley, my mentor Joyce Donaldson, and ITU's incomparable Leslie Buchanan, who were all there for me at my first ITU event, the Draft Legal Challenge in Clermont, Florida in 2011. Triathlon and its community have impacted my family for more than two decades with positive, passionate, active people, as racers, volunteers, officials and spectators. Now, I'm blessed to serve some of the most inspiring athletes from around the world on their biggest stage, the Paralympics!”

A total of 37 nations will be represented on the technical officials teams for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with Honduras, Jamaica, Korea, Malaysia, Tunisia, Austria, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Portugal and Uzbekistan officiating at the Games for the first time. Of the 82 individuals officiating at the Games, 46 will be officiating at the Games for the first time.

“It is an extremely high honor to be selected as a technical official for the Olympics and Paralympics,” said Marisol Casado, ITU President and IOC Member. “It takes an incredible amount of work to reach this level, and I congratulate all of the technical officials who will travel to Rio.”

Click here for a complete list of technical officials serving at the 2016 Games.

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USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).