Hindman, Knibb Named Junior Elite Triathletes of the Year for Second Consecutive Year

By USA Triathlon | April 14, 2017, 12:03 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.) and Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) were named USA Triathlon Junior Elite Triathletes of the Year for 2016, USA Triathlon announced today. Hindman and Knibb are both receiving the honor for the second consecutive year. 

The selections, made by the USA Triathlon Athlete Advisory Council, were based on outstanding performances in national and international competitions during the 2016 season. 

Hindman’s 2016 season was highlighted by a win at the ITU Junior World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico. Hindman finished the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course in 54 minutes, 2 seconds, finishing with a 10-second gap on his closest competitor. His standout season also included a third-place finish at the USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championships in New Orleans and a fourth-place finish at the Richmond CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup in Virginia.

“I’m honored to be named the USA Triathlon Junior Elite Triathlete of the Year,” Hindman said. “A special thank-you to USA Triathlon, Coach Jenny Weber, my parents, as well as Bike World and Trek for all of their support last season.”

Knibb earned her first world title at the 2016 ITU Junior World Championships. She completed the 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run course in a time of 59:05, more than 30 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Knibb also placed third at the Montreal ITU Triathlon World Cup and earned overall wins at CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cups in Clermont, Florida, and Richmond, Virginia.

“I am so honored to receive this award,” Knibb said. “Thank you to my family, my friends, my coaches, my teammates, my competitors and USA Triathlon for giving me tremendous opportunities, bringing out my best and making this possible.”

Knibb and Hindman also headlined USA Triathlon’s list of Junior Elite and Youth Elite All-Americans for 2016. The honor goes to the top up-and-coming triathletes in the United States and is based on their final national ranking and performance in top junior and draft-legal events. 

2016 USA Triathlon Junior Elite Triathletes of the Year
Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.)
Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.)

2016 USA Triathlon Junior Elite All-Americans – Men (ages 16-19)
Graham Pimentel (Naples, Fla.)
Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.)
Grant Jarvis (Texarkana, Texas)
Chase McQueen (Columbus, Ind.)
(HM) Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.)
(HM) Nick Johnson (West Des Moines, Iowa)
(HM) Britt Kaukeinen (Rochester, N.Y.)
(HM) Matthew Rigsby (Brentwood, Tenn.)

2016 USA Triathlon Junior Elite All-Americans – Women (ages 16-19)
Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.)
Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.)
Audrey Ernst (South Elgin, Ill.)
Page Lester (Washington, D.C.)
(HM) Jocelyn Bonney (Long Beach, Calif.)
(HM) Kira Stanley (Acworth, Ga.)
(HM) Lauren Steinke (St. Cloud, Minn.)
(HM) Rebecca Naughton (Des Moines, Iowa)

2016 USA Triathlon Youth Elite All-Americans – Boys (ages 13-15)
Zach Wilson (Carmel, Ind.)
Andrew Shellenberger (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Jack DeWeerdt (Hoffman Estates, Ill.)
(HM) Michael Madoch (Verona, Wisc.)
(HM) Nicholas Holmes (Glendale, Wisc.)
(HM) Zach Leachman (Mars, Penn.)

2016 USA Triathlon Youth Elite All-Americans – Girls (ages 13-15)
Maryhelen Albright (Roanoake, Va.)
Addison Smith (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Paige Horner (Johnston, Iowa)
(HM) Liberty Ricca (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
(HM) Makena Gates (Canton, Ga.)
(HM) Olivia Wade (San Diego, Calif.)

HM – Honorable Mention

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