U.S. Contingent of 24 Triathletes and Paratriathletes Set to Race at ITU World Triathlon Edmonton This Weekend

By USA Triathlon | July 27, 2017, 12:03 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Fourteen elite triathletes and 10 elite paratriathletes will represent the United States at ITU World Triathlon events in Edmonton, Canada, this weekend. The World Paratriathlon Series races will take place on Friday, July 28, and the men’s and women’s World Triathlon Series races are set for Saturday, July 29.

World Triathlon Series
The Edmonton race marks the sixth of nine stops on this season’s WTS circuit, which culminates with the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Sept 16. The course in Edmonton for both men and women will cover a sprint-distance 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run.

The races will be broadcast live online at triathlonlive.tv, and will air on Universal HD from 8-10 p.m. ET on Monday, July 31. Visit nbcsports.com for a complete schedule of Olympic sport broadcasts and channel information.  

Headlining the women’s elite field is 2016 U.S. Olympian Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.), who is leading the overall WTS rankings with 2,507 points. Zaferes won a silver medal at the WTS stop in Yokohama in May and earned two fourth-place finishes in Gold Coast (April) and Hamburg (July). 

Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) is third in the WTS season rankings with 2,478 points, trailing only Zaferes and Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle (2,486 points). Kasper reached the podium in Yokohama with a bronze medal and took fourth at World Triathlon Leeds in June.

Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) will look to return to the podium after earning her first career WTS victory last year in Edmonton. Cook recorded two 12th-place finishes earlier this season in Gold Coast and Yokohama.

Also racing is Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) who notched her first World Cup podium in Madrid in May and two weeks later earned her first WTS medal, a silver, in Leeds.

Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.), Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), Sarah Alexander (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and Erin Storie (Colorado Springs, Colo.) are also on the start list for the U.S. women.

The women’s race is set for 3:06 p.m. ET (1:06 p.m. local time) on Saturday. Visit wts.triathlon.org for a complete women’s start list. 

Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) and 2016 U.S. Olympian Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) lead the U.S. men on the start list in the No. 18 and No. 23 positions, respectively. McDowell earned a career-best WTS finish (11th) in Gold Coast in April. Kanute’s top WTS finish this season is 16th, earned in Abu Dhabi in March.

Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) has had a strong 2017 season to date, notching two top-20 WTS finishes in Yokohama and Hamburg as well as a World Cup silver medal in New Plymouth in April.

Also representing the U.S. in the men’s race are Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.), Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) and Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.). 

The men race on Saturday at 5:06 p.m. ET (3:06 p.m. local time). Visit wts.triathlon.org for a complete men’s start list.

Triathlon fans can feel like part of the action with TRIFECTA, the official triathlon fantasy game of the ITU World Triathlon Series. Registration for TRIFECTA is open now at trifecta.usatriathlon.org, and podium picks must be submitted prior to the start of the first race.

World Paratriathlon Series
Edmonton is the third of four stops on the ITU World Paratriathlon Series calendar this season, and is the final WPS race before the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam on Sept. 15. The course will feature a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run. Paratriathlon heats are set to begin at 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local time) on Friday.

Three athletes who competed in paratriathlon’s debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games highlight the U.S. contingent, including PT4 gold medalist Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio), PT2 silver medalist Hailey Danz (Chicago, Ill.) and PT5 fourth-place finisher Liz Baker (Signal Mountain, Tenn.). 

Norman is making her WPS season debut after winning the PTS5 division at the Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships in March. Danz has had a standout season to date, placing second at the Yokohama WPS event in May and earning the PTS2 title at June’s USA Paratriathlon National Championships. 

Amy Dixon (Encinitas, Calif.) and Baker will go head-to-head in the women’s PTVI division. Dixon earned a gold medal at the Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup last weekend and placed fourth in Yokohama, while Baker won the Gold Coast WPS event in April and earned a national title in June. 

Omar Bermejo (Casper, Wy.) and Joel Rosinbum (Austin, Texas) will meet in the men’s PTS4 division for the first time since going 1-2 at Paratriathlon Nationals. Neither has been on the WPS podium yet this season, but Rosinbum earned a World Cup victory in Magog last weekend and Bermejo notched a fourth-place finish at a World Cup in Besançon, France, in June. 

Howie Sanborn, the men’s PTWC U.S. national champion, will aim for the podium after his win at the Magog World Cup last weekend. Zach Young (Jackson, Mo.) will also race in the PTWC division.

Allan Armstrong (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who also earned victories at Paratriathlon Nationals and the Magog World Cup, will contest the men’s PTS2 division.

Finally, five-time ITU Paratriathlon world champion Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, Wash.) headlines the men’s PTVI division. So far in 2017, Scheidies has earned wins at Paratriathlon Nationals and at the Sarasota CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships. The Edmonton race will mark his WPS season debut.

Visit triathlon.org for compete paratriathlon start lists.

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