U.S. Paratriathletes to Make History in Triathlon’s Debut This Weekend at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

By USA Triathlon | Sept. 08, 2016, 2:23 p.m. (ET)


melissa stockwell

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games are underway, and the 10 members of the U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team are set to make history this weekend as the sport of triathlon debuts on the Paralympic Games program.

The events will be staged at the famed Copacabana Beach, with men scheduled to compete on Saturday, Sept. 10, and the women to compete on Sunday, Sept. 11. The races begin at 9 a.m. ET both days, and athletes will cover a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course along Avenida Atlântica. Three sport classes per gender will compete in Rio for the first-ever Paralympic triathlon medals: PT1/wheelchair, PT2/severe impairment and PT4/mild impairment for men, and PT2, PT4 and PT5/visual impairment for women.

The races will not be broadcast live, but will be included in the daily highlights shows streamed at usparalympics.org at 3 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET. Live updates from the race may be found on Twitter at twitter.com/usatriathlon and twitter.com/triathlonlive.

Krige Schabort (PT1, Rome, Ga.), Mark Barr (PT2, Houston, Texas) and Chris Hammer (PT4, Salt Lake City, Utah) comprise the U.S. Paralympic Men’s Triathlon Team, while Hailey Danisewicz (PT2, Chicago, Ill.), Allysa Seely (PT2, Glendale, Ariz.), Melissa Stockwell (PT2, Chicago, Ill.), Patricia Collins (PT4, Alexandria, Va.), Grace Norman (PT4, Jamestown, Ohio), Elizabeth Baker (PT5, Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and Patricia Walsh (PT5, Austin, Texas) will represent the U.S. women.

Combined, the 10 members of the U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team have won seven ITU Paratriathlon World Championships since October 2012 as part of an overall world championships medal haul of 23 medals in the past four years. In addition to their athletic accomplishments, Collins and Stockwell are U.S. Army veterans competing for Paralympic gold on Sept. 11.

Read more about the athletes at usatriathlon.org.

Visit usatriathlon.org/rio2016 for the latest updates from the U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team in Rio.

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